As a child, I struggled with reading. The letters came together slowly, and I longed to do well – just once. I have vivid memories of knowing who the star readers were in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade. As a kindergartner, I would hide and whisper in order to not read aloud. By second grade, SRA was my HATE! I never seemed to be able to progress past the ugly color. Reading was not magical.
Madeline Finn doesn’t like to read. You can feel her struggle.
“Sometimes the sentences get stuck in my mouth like peanut butter.”
Her teacher supports and encourages. Her mother does too. On Saturday she goes to the library. The librarian brings life to Madeline when she introduces her to Bonnie, a reading dog-buddy. Bonnie never giggles when she makes a mistake. She just listens.
To view the entire book on YouTube, click on this link. The book trailer is below.
Savorings for Madeline Finn and the Library Dog:
- Dedication – “for libraries, where the real magic happens“
- Magic of 3
- Growth Mindset
- Love of Reading
- Community Building – an opportunity to talk about difficulties in learning – how to support each other
- order on Scholastic Book Clubs