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Madeline Finn does not like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream van. Fortunately, Madeline meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading aloud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. As it turns out, it's fun to read when you're not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it's Okay to go slow, to keep trying, and to get support from a friend. A beautiful, reassuring, story for all those struggling to read. Perfect accompaniment for the 'reading dogs' programmes used by many schools and libraries. Money from the sales of the book will be donated to UK-based Pets As Therapy charity.

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3rd October '17
I read it to fpea aged 2 aged 2
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
Such a beautifully written and well illustrated book. The book is a lovely size and hard backed which my son loved as it gave him a strong hold on the book. The story follows a little girl who doesn’t like to read anything, she is befriended by the library dog and together go on a journey that introduces her to reading. Beautiful story and a really encouraging story to those children who may have difficulties with reading. As Madeline notices all the children who can read well in class get star stickers and she only ever gets keep trying stickers... by the end of the Story she has the courage to read out loud in class and earns her very own star! The surprise at the end is beautiful 
21st January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
This is a beautiful book. The story is great - and I love that money goes to Pets at therapy when it is bought. Madeline does not like to read despite encouragement from her teacher. At the library she befriends the Library Dog and a charming friendships arises. She can read without fear of failure and over time her reading improves, as does her confidence. My heart sank when the dog was  not there one week and I liked that she did not want to read to another!  A beautiful ending too!
17th October '17
I read it to Lil aged 2 aged 2
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
Such a sweet story, with beautiful illustrations. It really does send a positive message to children and encourages them to read. 
28th September '17
I read it to RC13 aged 4 aged 4
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this to my daughter. It's so refreshing to read a unique story with such lovely illustrations. The book is about a little girl struggling with reading, being helped by the library dog. A great book for anyone just learning to read, or those finding it a little tricky. 
28th September '17
I read it to PHS P2 aged 5 to 6
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
I read this charming book to a Primary 2 class yesterday and they loved it. They sat whilst I read it in total silence and took in every word. The illustrations are beautiful and the whole journey that Madeline and Bonnie take is sensitively told.  The puppies at the end raised an "Aaaaaw" and it nicely lead into a discussion about trying hard and persevering when things get tough.  It has also inspired the class to request a visit from PET, and the library are going to resource giant fluffy toy dogs for reading time.
Every child is wanting to borrow this book so I know that it will be well read, well loved and cherished in our school library.
26th October '17
I read it to LizzieBee aged 3 aged 3
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
This book is lovely. The pictures are beautiful and the relationship between the girl and the dog is heartwarming. Great for those who may be nervous about reading aloud.
29th September '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Aby aged 7 aged 7 & to Laya aged 2 aged 2
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
A heartwarming story about a little girl who doesn't like to read. One day she met a friendly dog called Bonnie - the library reading dog who helped her to overcome her difficulties. 
It's a fantastic book with incredible  illustrations. 
My daughters enjoyed reading and looking at this book. 
4th October '17
I read it to beardy aged 4 aged 4
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
my son thought this book was great and loved the dog in the story

he even asked for me to read with him 3 times withing hour and enjoyed it everytime

would highly reconmend this book for any little one that loves animals
1st October '17
I read it to ALou13 aged 4 aged 4
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
Such a beautifully illustrated and written book. my daughter who is 4 and recently started infant school in September has enjoyed having this book read to her at bedtime, she likes the fact it involves a dog and I like that it's getting a message across to children that it's ok if you make a mistake when reading or you are at a different stage of reading to your friends/class mates practice and patients makes perfect as the story says. I love this book, it's a real feel good and encouraging book for children. My daughter likes to point at the words and letters she can recognise.
1st March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
A fantastic tale of grit, determination and resilience. It tells the story of a little girl, who doesn't like reading, but through the confidence given to her by a pets as therapy dog, she is able to finally achieve her goal at school. 

Something, as a teacher, I can relate to, as I see the confidence given to my children who read with our PAT dog. 

An excellent read and a book to treasure, with it's fantastic illustrations. I can't wait to share it at school! 

This was sent with a book we won in a TOPPSTA give away, and one we were very luck to have! Thank you Old Barn Books! 
26th September '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Rosh Pinah School aged 5 to 11
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
An exquisite read which will give struggling readers more confidence in themselves to make an effort every day.  Bonnie is a lovely character and what a great incentive to include a dog in the story for Madeline to read to.

I think a star sticker should be given to every child each time they read.

I really enjoyed this book.
4th February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
5 stars
I really liked this book. The use of the dog to bring comfort to the child is lovely. The way it highlights children's struggles with reading and how children can sometimes feel about reading is done in such a subtle way. I think this is a great story for younger children and could be used for good discussion with older children! 
2nd October '17
I read it to Little One aged 3 aged 3
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
4 stars
This is an encouraging book about friendship, determination and self belief. 
Madeline Finn is a young girl who is a very reluctant reader. Her school teacher has a reward system in place and those who read well receive stars and those who need to "keep trying" receive a heart sticker. 
Madeline does not like to read at all and then her receiving "keep trying" stickers only makes matters worse. However, a visit to the library changes that. Not because she was introduced to new books or because she befriended the librarian but because she began reading to a library dog. 
Bonnie, the library dog is beautiful. She's fluffy, friendly and is great listener who doesn't discourage Madeline. It's exactly what she needs and in meeting Bonnie each week her reading improves and her teacher at school soon recognises this. 
My daughter was absolutely delighted at receiving this book. Although her understanding of school is currently at nursery level she was able to identify that Madeline was upset and wanted to be a better reader. 
Lisa Papp has written a book that I'm sure has opened some people's eyes to how people can be supported with their reading. Much to my dismay and as a teacher, I found Madeleine's teachers strategies frustrating however, this is a book and it wasn't something that my daughter noticed. : ) 
The illustrations are beautiful through out the book and the friendship that forms between Bonnie and Madeline is so lovely. 
This book shows Madeline's determination and her not giving up. A great message to be shared with children. 
18th October '17
I read it to Soopa aged 3 aged 3
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog 9781910646328
3 stars
We had a mixed reaction to this book in our house. We are not fans of stickers/reward charts but appreciate that they are in most mainstream school/nursery settings so that instantly put me off slightly despite it being a very high quality hardback book. My daughter on the other hand, liked the book and the child trying hard so I think the words were quite inspirational. We talked a little bit about some things being hard and not being able to achieve them straight away and she seemed to understand that and feel some sympathy for the girl. She loves animals so was delighted when the dog helped things to turn out ok. The illustrations are slightly nostalgic and it definitely feels like an American book (even if the map on the wall didn't make that clear!). Not one that we would have chosen ourselves but we were very glad to read it. 
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About Lisa Papp

American author and illustrator Lisa Papp was inspired by her local library's 'Read-to-Dogs' programme. "These former shelter dogs are now spending their lives helping children. It's a beautiful thing to watch." Most of the dogs featured in the book were once living a life on the streets or in shelters. Lisa spent the better part of a year following these wo...

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