“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house — not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
There are many traditional holiday stories read every year — why not invite your community to share those stories with the shelter animals?
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!
For the holidays, stock up on holiday themed books — you can order used books on Amazon for a couple dollars a piece:
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – James Dean and Eric Litwin
- The Christmas Cat – Efner Tudor Holmes
- Merry Christmas, Splat (Splat the Cat) – Rob Scotton
- Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise – Rob Scotton
- Hanukkah Cat – Chaya Burstein
- Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten – Daniel Pinkwater
- Charlie and the Christmas Kitty – Ree Drummond
- Clifford’s Christmas – Norman Bridwell
- The pokey little puppy’s first Christmas – Justine Korman
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
- 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 Social Media Sharegraphic (click to enlarge):
Photography by Elizabeth Putsche.