Thanks to this Reddit user, we now know about a really awesome reading program that benefits children and….cats! The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, is running a beautiful incentive program called “Book Buddies” where children volunteer to read books to sheltered cats.
“Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing,” the shelter said.
The point of the “Book Buddies” program is to encourage children to read while simultaneously comforting the cats, according to the website.
Since the project was launched in August 2013, many children (including home-schooled and autistic) who participated in Book Buddies have shown significant improvements in their reading.
So it’s really just a win-win.
Although, some cats would rather play.
Or do that typical cat thing, where they walk all over your book while you try to read.
You can visit the Berks ARL website for more information.
Or you can continue looking at these incredibly cute photos of kids reading to cats until your little heart bursts.