Almost all superheroes have a sidekick! This week, learn about a special sidekick helping our reading superheroes! Also, keep reading for this weeks Superhero Challenge and show off your superhero skills this summer

Get to Reading with Your Super Pet!

Many superheroes have a sidekick–some even have a super pet! Having a super pet can help fight crime AND help with reading. Did you know children who read to dogs are reported to enjoy reading more than children who did not read to their pets? 

In an interview with ABC, Francine Alexander, the chief academic officer for Scholastic, discusses how it is often easier for children to read aloud to dogs than in front of classmates because it takes out the embarrassment if mistakes occur.

The University of California-Davis completed a study on reading to dog programs in 2019, which suggested that children who read to dogs improved their own reading skills in comparison to children who did not read to dogs.Get to reading with your super pet this summer! 

Sign up online if you’re the parent of or are a student in grades K-12. After you sign up, you’ll also have the chance to win a$1,000 scholarship!

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Our featured superhero of the week is Super Courtney– AND her sidekick Emma.

Super Courtney and her sidekick, Emma, are with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.  Check out Super Courtney’s reading skills with the special reading of Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud.

Watch now!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 5:

Send us a picture of you reading to your sidekick to #tristarreadstopets and we will send you a treat!

Also, don’t forget to log your time this week. Everyone who logs their time this week will be entered into a random drawing to win a gift card!