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Judgement free: Mia and other pint-sized scholars from Park Slope’s PS 107 headed over to Powerhouse on 8th bookstore to read books — to dogs! The program, called Reading to Dogs, is designed to give kids a judgement-free audience to read to in the hope of improving childhood literacy.
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The cutest thing ever: Little Stefan reads a children’s book to his rapt audience of one, Willow the therapy poodle.
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Oh my god, this one’s even cuter: Mia the kid regards Bailey the dog adorably.
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Officially the cutest thing I’ve ever seen: Carrot the pooch has no idea what’s going on. But look at those eyes! He loves you!
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Born to love: Bailey can’t even read. Bailey doesn’t even know what a book is! But she loves them.
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Nap time!: To Carrot the dog, books are just pillows with padding. Oh, Carrot, reading sure is exhausting.

You can now die safe in the knowledge that the most adorable thing of all time has occurred and been documented — with a slideshow!

Two classes of Park Slope first graders took a field trip to the Powerhouse on 8th bookstore on Friday, where the youngsters read books to dogs — diligently making sure the pups saw all the illustrations — resulting in what organizers agree was the cutest thing in existence.

“Honestly, I felt like crying it was so beautiful,” said Katherine Eban, founder of PS 107 Parent Teacher Association’s Beast Relief, which organizes activities to raise money for animal conservation. “A number of them wanted to make sure the dogs could see the pictures in the books. It is the most adorable thing ever. It’s almost unbeatable.”

The parents arranged the activity in partnership with the Good Dog Foundation, which trains dogs to serve as therapy pets.

The exercise was more for the kids than the animals, and was designed to let the tykes develop their reading skills in front of a judgement-free audience, she said — though the kids did tailor their material to the crowd, only reading books about dogs.

And the highly skilled pooches made great listeners, according to Eban, who said they really paid attention, and only got bored after being read to for an hour in a language they hardly comprehend.

“They actually did pay attention,” she said. “After hearing the same book the 20th time over the course of an hour, they got a tiny bit restless, but they are highly trained therapy dogs, who sit and are very patient.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Me from Bay Ridge says:
How are the children supposed to know if they are reading well if their audience is "judgement free?"
Nov. 23, 2015, 5:15 pm

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