Well, Bob the cat has been specially trained—just like the dogs in the Read to a Dog program—to be a calm, non-judgmental listener. The Read to a Dog and Read to a Cat programs are based off the idea that in order to gain confidence while reading, young people should be allowed to make reading mistakes. This occurs in an environment where the young person will be guided in their storytelling.
Here are some photos of Bob the cat getting prepped for his Read to a Cat session:
Special thanks to Bob and his handler who offered reading help, and a non-judgmental ear.
(Pictures by Stephanie).