Dog Read 2017

Better held a mass ‘Dog Read’ in public libraries across Lincolnshire, Dudley, Wandsworth and Greenwich during Social Enterprise Week (9th-14th October 2017).

The inspiration came about from the joy of reading and the country’s love of dogs. Put together, we created the perfect setting for engaging young minds in animal-themed reads and promoting a positive attitude to reading at a young age.

We want young people to get into the ‘library habit’ for all the benefits it brings and our Dog Reads are an opportunity to capture young imaginations in a completely new way.

- Diana Edmonds, OBE, Head of Libraries at Better


Fluffy tails & fairy-tales


During Social Enterprise Week (9th-14th October 2017), Better is hosting 10 sessions featuring over 30 dogs and up to 200 primary school children aged 6-11 are hoping to take part. The activity will entail reading doggy tales to hushed hounds in libraries across the country and enjoying a canine cuddle at the same time. 

Some children who are shy about reading aloud to an adult do not have the same reservations when reading to a happy dog.

- Diana Edmonds, OBE, Head of Libraries at Better

Harry Pawter - J.K Rowling

Our favourite wizard dog loves to fetch the Golden Snitch, leading Gryffindor to a Quidditch victory!


Sherlock Bones - Arthur Conan Doyle


When something strange happens in the local park and dog toys go missing, bone-afide detective, Sherlock Bones is sure to sniff out the culprit!

Mutt-ilda - Roald Dahl

To escape the dreaded Miss Trunchbull, Mutt-ilda loves to visit her local library, where she reads one of her favourite books, The Hound and the Fury!


James and the Giant Pooch - Roald Dahl


James finds companionship with his giant pooch and their insect friends, where they take a long walk to New York for a new adventure!

Romeo and Drooliet - William Shakespeare

This fetching doggy duo spend their days reading each other love poems, and hiding from intruders!


Mary Puppins - P. L. Travers


Mary, the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny doesn’t mind mopping mucky paws after the day’s adventures!

Jurassic Bark - Michael Crichton

A dino-dog with a bite as fierce as his bark, make sure he’s well fed or he’ll gnaw into something more than a slipper!


The Three Huskyteers - Alexandre Dumas


This trio of young huskyteers stop chasing their tails to join forces and prevent mischief from a troublesome Cardinal!

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