‘Book Buddies’ Where Kids Read To Cats To Blame For Cute Overdose

Thanks a lot Internet and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County for making me almost spill my coffee when I saw these images of REALLY AMAZINGLY ADORABLE KIDS READING TO REALLY AMAZINGLY ADORABLE CATS. I’m all crying happy tears into my almost-spilled coffee over here. The program allows kids in grades one through eight to come on into the shelter, check in, and read books to the cats awaiting adoption. The children complete “book tickets” after they have read five books to the cats, and then they can turn these tickets in for a prize or enter a monthly drawing. I think the best prize ever is this is all just a huge amazing pile of cuteness for the entire world to enjoy.

I cannot even rate these images by cuteness because they are all too damn cute. I think the biggest challenge of this entire program is NOT leaving the shelter with all the cats after you have read a book to them.

OOF. Amazingly cute.

Terribly cute.

Super cute distracted reader cat.

So much cute.


I dead.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you can contact program coordinator, Kristi Rodriguez at 610-373-8830 x 120 to learn about the program, If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.

I know there are similar programs in other states and you can contact your local animal rescue to see if one is available. If not, you could probably start one. I mean, kids NEED to read, shelter cats get lonely, and it’s a perfect way to encourage your kids to do something nice in the world.

What an adorable way to start your day, right?

(Images: Berks.org)

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  • Kay_Sue

    BRB. Just OD’ed on cuteness…

    • Guest

      Seriously, kids this age normally gross/bum me out but they’re just so damn cute! And kids helping animals. I can’t. I just can’t.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I know, when I saw it I seriously was all ERMEGAWD out loud

  • LadyClodia

    I am dead from the cute. That last pic of the little boy with his arm around the cat is so adorable! This is such a good idea! It helps the kids with their reading confidence and helps to socialize the cats. It also gives younger kids something to do at the shelter when they’re still too young to do much else.
    Too bad this is on the other side of the state from us. I really miss working at a shelter, and strangely there aren’t many shelters around Pittsburgh, and they’re prohibitively far for me to drive to.

  • Guest

    OMG the cuteness. I love this idea. I love love love it. These kids just look so cute working on their reading and snuggling the kitties. I love shelters. We need to start this in my city.

  • brebay

    I want a poster of the last one.

  • Alexandra

    I’m moving to upstate NY and there are tons of vets/shelters. In fact, my new house is across the street from a Humane society. I will DEFINITELY be volunteering now and bringing my kids once they’re old enough to do the same!

  • jane

    Thank god these were cats, because I just had a mild cute overdose. If they were dogs I’d be dead from the cuteness.

  • brebay

    I think this is a particularly great idea for kids who are struggling with reading and hesitant to read aloud for fear of criticism, however well-meaning, from teachers and parents.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      it is such a win win for both totally

  • AS

    This is adorable. My 17 month old loves ‘reading’ to our cat. Cat isn’t quite taken with it yet, but how PRECIOUS are these photos. Sounds like a great program!

  • Robotic Arms Dealer

    What’s the point of reading to cats?

    Unless they canz speak Ingwish?

    • Tea

      It can help socialize cats to children, since not every cat has been exposed to them, and it can be a snag on their ability to be adopted. The kids get to practice reading, and the cats get to hear child voices and be around kids, while the kids are doing a non-scary activity and being non-threatening.

      It’s why the shelter we got our cat from allows really young kid volunteers with supervision.

    • emilyg25

      It helps build reading skills because some kids feel less self conscious if they read out loud around animals, instead of people.

  • Katie

    The last picture of the little boy holding the cat is my son!! This picture has gone viral! It’s been an insane whirlwind of excitement!!! Were so glad we could bring so much positive attention to the animal rescue league and their book buddies program!!!!

    • meteor_echo

      Your son and his cat buddy are pretty damn adorable and this photo is fuckawesome. Kudos to you and your family!

    • Guest

      You need to blow that pic up and get it put on a canvas :-)

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  • ChickenKira

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen.

  • Rachel Sea

    I want so badly for that boy to have adopted that orange tabby. They look like family.