If you have a young reader who does not want to read to an adult in the house, try asking the child to read to a family pet. This pet can be one outside of your household as well. Flynn, the star of the attached photo, lent a helping paw and ear with three human cousins in North Carolina. Their mother called every week to ask if he was available to listen to a story. With the assistance of an adult human, a few cat treats and a speaker setting on the phone, he was a supportive audience. Reading assignments were completed and reading comprehension grew.
Animals are a non-judgemental audience to reluctant readers. Plus, it strengthens family bonds. Happy reading!