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Pawsitively Peaceful

Boone Listens to a Reader

Blue skies, bright sun, beautiful leaves, and fall break made for a quiet day at the library, but provided a perfect setting for reading the adventures of a curious golden puppy, a crime-solving terrier, and a family friendly pug. Boone also heard a little review of colors, counting, and sight words, during a peaceful afternoon at the Delano Library with Adelynn, Bowen, Elyse, Lucy, Micah and Michael.  Thank you to them for spending a bit of their day with us!

Boone will be back at the library on Thursday, November 17, for one more visit before taking a winter break. Please stop by the front desk, or call  the library at 763.972.3467, to register for a time to read to him.

Rainy Day Reading

Dog listening to young reader

The rain came down and the readers came in! A full slate of book lovers waded through the weather and the road construction to spend a few minutes with the grey-faced greyhound. Boone listened to stories about new friends, old friends, helpful dogs, naughty dogs, rainy days, and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

No better way to spend a gloomy day than reading with fun friends — thanks to Adelynn,  Bowen, Jenna, Justin, Kyra, Lucy and Michael for joining us.

Boone will return October 20, on what will be a bright, colorful fall day, no matter what the weather brings. Hope to see you then!

Beginnings and Endings


Even Boone can’t believe the summer program is already over!

We enjoyed a full slate of readers yesterday at the Delano Library, many of them double the pleasure, as Boone has developed a following of sibling sign-ups this summer.  I love the new friendships, and also love to see old friends – a couple of children have been faithful readers since we started the program several years ago and it’s a joy to catch up with them every month – we even get in a little reading between updates!

Though today was our final program for the summer, Boone and I will return for fall sessions in September, October and November. The dates will be posted on the “Books with Boone” page, and you’ll see that with the start of school, we’ve moved to Thursday afternoons.

I hope many of you will be able to fit Boone into your busy school year schedules so we can share more stories about Biscuit and Widget, Sam and Lucy, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa!

A Midsummer Day’s Dreams


Today was a day of “what if’s…”

After listening to his readers at the Delano Library, Boone pondered the possibilities of giving a cat a cupcake, or a pig a party; a dog running loose in a school; a cat living in a library, and riding a pony to school. Then, as he often does, he took a nap…

Thank you to the new and returning friends who took time out of their days to visit us – we hope to see you next month on August 15!

Summer Start


Boone had a nearly full schedule of readers today at the Delano Library and he was happy to meet several new friends – many of them just toddling into the wonderful world of readers! Boone heard stories about capers and lollipops, construction equipment, fancy book reports, a dog that acts like a cat, and much more.

He looks forward to his return to the library at 10:30 on July 18. Please stop by and say Hi!

Fun Activities and Ideas

Here you’ll find activities and ideas I’ve used in working with young readers and my dogs and horses to make reading fun. You can also read brief summaries of my visits to local libraries with Boone, the greyhound. I’ll add and update periodically, so please check back!

A Valentine Visit

Boone loves listening to little kids read, so he made a visit to the Delano library on Thursday, February 11, to celebrate “I Love to Read!” month.

He heard stories from eight young readers, and passed out personalized Valentine bookmarks to all who shared a little of their afternoon with him.

Horse Markings

Click on Chicago’s face to find a Horse Markings Match, with pictures of all three Pawsitive Steps horses!


Supplies Needed:

  1. Sight word cards
  2. Stampers (I found pawprint stampers in a variety of colors, which the kids really liked) or
  3. Small Stickers

The child chooses a card, reads the word, checks his/her bingo board for the word and covers it with a fun stamper or sticker.

Click on Boone’s face to open or download the Bingo board. The board is an MS Word document, so the words can be easily changed, and new boards printed.

Greyhound face


Words in the Woods

pink book with pawprintI printed words on index cards and pinned them to trees in the yard.  Readers walked with Boone around the yard to collect the cards, then completed each of the words on this sheet while sitting on a blanket with Boone. Reading the word as they took the card off the tree, and again after they filled in the “b”, “d”, or “g”, on the worksheet gave them practice. Doing it all with Boone alongside made it fun!

Words In The Woods – B

Words In The Woods – D

Words In The Woods – G

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