K9 Reading Buddies' Carole Yuster and 5-year-old Roy Barranco visit with Sam, who takes his work as a good listener quite seriousy, according to his owner Diana Renczarski of Deerfield. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Some Oak Terrace School youngsters who participate in K9 Reading Buddies were presented with a book autographed by the author and paw-printed by some of the dogs. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Rodrigo Barranco, 6, and brothers Alexander and Leon Alonzo, all of Highwood, pet a Ohso, a black Labrador retriever during a gathering of some K9 Reading Buddies at the Highwood Public Library. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Rodrigo Barranco, 6, pets Sadie, a Leonberger pure bred and an attentive listener for children learning to read in the K9 Reading Buddies program.| Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media .
Twins Carl and Meg Tatelli of Highland Park visit with Susie Gestinson of Deerfield and her dog, Cooper, at the Highwood Public Library, where they participate in K9 Reading Buddies.| Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Children who are learning to read can feel self-conscious when asked to read out loud, especially if their sense of confidence has been eroded. But bring in a good, four-legged listener like Minnie or Ohso or Sam, and pleasing the dog is all that matters. … Read More