Reading is a fundamental skill we learn as children, but not everyone has confidence at that age to read out loud to an audience.
Having people watching and listening can be daunting for young kids.
But a brilliant idea to replace people with dogs has been taking place in three Waikato public libraries.
Fifteen minute reading sessions with one of the dogs can be booked for free for kids or adults. The idea is that reading out loud will help kids who struggle or find reading a challenge.
The three dogs have been vetted, house-trained and the rules are strict.
It's a new scheme but it's already been a hit, and Story went to find out just which genre these dogs prefer.
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