PAWS for Reading

PAWS for Reading

PAWS for Reading is a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) in order to improve reading and communication skills. Children read individually to trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in schools, libraries, or other settings where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble.
(PAWS for Reading requires Advanced Level STEX and PAWS for Reading Basic Training.)
PAWS for Reading PLUS is a more involved version of PAWS for Reading.  The one-on-one format is the same, as is the focus on providing each reader with a positive reading experience.  The PLUS teams, however, have attended an Advanced Reading Training session, equipping them with the skills and techniques necessary to offer our struggling readers greater support in their literacy development. (PAWS for Reading PLUS requires Advanced Level STEX and PAWS for Reading Basic Training.)

Meet Our Reading PAWS!
Visit our gallery featuring our literacy-inclined pets, read their bios, and even leave them a message!

View Our Reading Library Schedules
Find out what time PAWS will be at a library near you, and view a map of all the libraries we visit!


To learn more about the PAWS for Reading program, please contact the PAWS office at (302) 351-5622 or email Stephanie at


Interested in becoming a PAWS for Reading site?  Click here!

PAWS for Reading is sponsored in part by generous donations from the Christmas Shoppe Foundation, Delaware Community Foundation, Target and The Wilmington Flower Market.  Thank you for your support!
(Required: PAWS Basic Training, Advanced Level STEX, PAWS for Reading Training)