World Book Day comes to Crufts 2013

The Kennel Club’s Bark and Read Foundation will be giving away free books to children at Crufts in celebration of World Book Day (March 7th).

To mark the occasion, Bark and Read, with the help of Danny the Greyhound, a Reading, Education and Assistance Dog, will be giving ten copies of Danny’s new book away at the Library and Gallery stand at Crufts to promote the benefits of children reading to dogs.

Danny, who is sponsored by the Kennel Club’s Bark and Read Foundation to go into schools and listen to children read, will be at the world’s biggest dog show to promote Bark and Read and to launch his new book, ‘Danny Strikes Out In America’.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “World Book Day aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing children with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

“In celebration of this and the first day of Crufts, we will be giving out copies of Danny’s new book to promote the benefits of reading and show how magical books can be.
“The Bark and Read Foundation was started in November 2011 and some of the results we have seen since the beginning have been fantastic. Improved literacy and confidence levels are just two examples of the benefits to children.”

Also taking part in events on the Library and Gallery stand at Crufts on World Book Day are children from Maplefields School in Corby, Northants, who are visited once a week by Danny and his owner, Tony for a read to dogs session.

Bev Wright, Deputy Headteacher at Maplefields School said: “It’s really moving to see the close and trusting relationship between the children and Danny. As teachers, we know very well that emotional security is important in allowing children to take risks with their learning, as fear of failure can often prevent them even trying. The beauty of Danny is that the children know they won’t be judged when they read to him.”

One pupil from the school, Macey aged eight commented: “I like reading with Danny because he’s cuddly and soft and cute. I look forward to him coming in and reading stories to him.”

The Bark and Read Foundation is funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and supports four charities: Pets As Therapy, through their Read 2 Dogs programme; Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ); Dogs Helping Kids, a North Devon charity and Caring Canines, based in Bournemouth. The Bark and Read initiative improves pupils’ literacy skills and confidence through encouraging them to read to a non-judgemental companion, and is free for schools to take part.
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15th February 2013

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