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How dogs could make children better readers

from The Conversation

Issues around children learning to read are rarely out of the news. Which is hardly surprising — becoming a successful reader is of paramount importance in improving a child's life chances. Nor is it surprising that reading creates a virtuous circle: the more you read the better you become. But what may come as a surprise is that reading to dogs is gaining popularity as a way of addressing concerns about children's reading. There is a lot of research evidence indicating that children who read extensively have greater academic success. The U.K. Department for Education's Reading for Pleasure report, published in 2012, highlights this widely established link. more

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