STAR Reader program helps children explore positive relationships between people and animals through stories, discussion, and activities – helping children increase their level of empathy for people and animals.
Rescue Pup by Brenda Fiorini, llustrated by Nathan Behmlander
Rescue Pup: a special dog, a big adventure, a happy ending!
Ages 5 and up
Rescue Pup is based on a true story about a dog named Buddy who is abandoned in an empty house. He manages to escape from the house but faces challenges living outside and winds up living in an animal shelter. Buddy worries he won’t stand out from the other animals and find a forever home, but he meets his dream family and his fears disappear.
Ages 7 and up
The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Second Chance explains how a mother who adopted Ryan, a child with autism, also adopted Chance to be his companion. Chance is a Rottweiler puppy, and he is the voice of the story.
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff, Illustrated by Tim Bowers
A dog is a man’s (and a child’s) best friend–but it’s tough when your best friend can only bark, yip, growl, and howl! Young readers will empathize with this sweet and funny story of a boy who begs his dog to talk. Tim Bowers’ humorous pictures give a glimpse of what life might be like if dogs could crack jokes, chat on the phone, and even sing lullabies!