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Tales with Tails

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Children who are able to read at any level are invited with their parents to read to the dogs and cats that are available for adoption at the shelter. All books have been carefully selected, contain a humane theme and promote social emotional learning. Each month, a new selection of books will be available.

The program helps children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction and is currently available at our Kona & Kea'au shelters. We kindly ask that parents are at the shelter with their children. The child may read either just outside the kennel on a pillow or in with the animal if they are comfortable. If you would like to help, please consider donating or purchasing a book for the program. Since we carefully select books, please check our Amazon Wish List for the books we currently need.

Reading selection - Kona

Freckles & Willie
By Margery Cuyler
Freckles the dog is Willie's best friend until a little girl who doesn't like dogs moves in across the street.
Ages 3 and up
 
Oh, Theodore!
By Susan Katz
Come meet Theodore: a plump, fuzzy guinea pig with a big appetite, a lot to say, and a personality all his own. As you, and his new owner, get to know him, you'll find out what he eats and how he speaks. You'll also discover the work involved in caring for a pet: feeding, cleaning, and taking him out for exercise. But it hardly seems like work once your pet becomes your best friend.
Ages 4 and up
 
Are You Ready For Me?
By Clair Buchwald & Amelia Hansen
Easy going book tells kids what they will have to do to turn their dog into a happy and fun pet and how to care for their pet in the right way. 
Part of the "Sit Stay Read" accredited series with humane themes
Ages 5 and up
 
Three Stories You Can Read To Your Dog
By Sara Swan Miller
These are just for fun! Stories you and any wagging tail will enjoy!
Ages 7 and up.
 
So, What's it Like to be a Cat?
By Karla Kuskin
Are cats afraid of the dark? Where do they prefer to sleep? What time do cats eat their breakfast? And what do they really think of dogs (and people!)? The award-winning team of Karla Kuskin and Betsy Lewin explore the secret inner lives of felines.
Ages 3 and up.
 
Rescue Pup
By Brenda Fiorini
An abandoned pup breaks free only to face many dangers. Find out if he is rescued.
Ages 8 and up.
 
No Time For Hallie
By Catherine Hapka
Zach volunteers at his local shelter. Can he and his Pet Rescue Club friends convince his neighbors to keep their older cat since having a new baby? Or maybe find a new family? Will Hallie get another chance?
ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Series
Ages 7 and up.
 
Too Big To Run
By Catherine Hapka
Maxi is a giant of a dog who helps her owner train for marathons. Maxi knees can't handle all that running and now needs an operation. Time for the Pet Rescue Kids to help! They help raise money for Maxi's operation and come up with a great way for Maxi to find the perfect new career! 
ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Series
Ages 7 and up.
 
 
Reading selection - Kea'au
 
So What's It Like To Be A Cat?
By Karla Kuskin
Are cats afraid of the dark? Where do they prefer to sleep? What time do cats eat their breakfast? And what do they really think of dogs (and people!)? The award-winning team of Karla Kuskin and Betsy Lewin explore the secret inner lives of felines.
Ages 3 and up.
 
"Let's Get a Pup!" said Kate
By Bob Graham
A funny, warm story for every child who's wished for a puppy. There are lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes at the animal shelter. But Karen and her mom and dad know they want Dave the moment they see him. He's small and cute and a perfect fit for the end of Kate's bed. But then they see Rosy, who is old and gray and broad as a table. How can Kate and Mom and Dad take home just ONE dog when there are so MANY wonderful animals who need a home?
 
How To Talk to Your Cat
By Jean Craighead George
Find out what your cat is really saying -- and talk back.
 
Two Bobbies: A True Story Of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival
The rescue pets of Hurricane Katrina helped in allowing pets entry to emergency shelters nationwide.
By Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery
 
No Time For Hallie
By Catherine Hapka
Zach volunteers at his local shelter. Can he and his Pet Rescue Club friends convince his neighbors to keep their older cat since having a new baby? Or maybe find a new family? Will Hallie get another chance?
ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Series
Ages 7 and up.
 
Too Big To Run
By Catherine Hapka
Maxi is a giant of a dog who helps her owner train for marathons. Maxi knees can't handle all that running and now needs an operation. Time for the Pet Rescue Kids to help! They help raise money for Maxi's operation and come up with a great way for Maxi to find the perfect new career! 
ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Series
Ages 7 and up.

Tales with Tails is available to children anytime during our regular operating hours. If you are interested in being part of the program or would like to have our Humane Educator visit your school, please contact Bebe Ackerman 808-217-0154.

About our book selections

RedRover Readers

This unique community-based social and emotional learning program is aligned with academic content standards and helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. Teachers and educators trained in the RedRover Readers curriculum read to children and lead discussions – helping children increase their level of empathy for people and animals.

Sit! Stay! Read!

Sit Stay Read's creative approach has shown results: the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) oral reading frequency assessment test indicates significant improvement in classrooms enriched by Sit Stay Read volunteers, as compared to classrooms without.