Inviting kids to read to shelter animals is a great way to increase foot traffic and build community support. Whether it’s inviting Girl and Boy Scout Troops, or just letting your supporters know readers of all ages are welcome, reading aloud can help children practice their reading skills and helps calm the animals, who are in unfamiliar surroundings. Win-win!
There are lots of great children’s books starring animals that you can order used on Amazon for a couple dollars a piece:
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes – James Dean
- Splat the Cat Storybook Collection – Rob Scotton
- Where’s Woodstock? (Peanuts) – Margo Lundell
- Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell
- The Pokey Little Puppy – Janette Sebring Lowrey
- If Animals Kissed Goodnight – Ann Whitford Paul
- Just Me and My Puppy (A Little Critter Book) – Mercer Mayer
Author S.L. Parker has generously donated copies of Henry Says, “Hello” to the Picture Me @ Home campaign. If your shelter would like to be sent a copy, please contact us. (While supplies last).
- Get your hands on some books! You can hold a book drive and ask supporters to donate books, or pick up a few from a used book store or order used books on Amazon for cheap.
- Create a flyer inviting readers — to hang in the shelter, at libraries, and day care centers – sample below
- Write a letter to your local Girl/Boy Scout headquarters inviting troops to the shelter
- Create a sharegraphic to promote reading on your organization’s social media platforms – sample below
Sample Flyer (click to enlarge):
Sample Social Media Sharegraphic (click to enlarge)