Thursday, November 03, 2011

Lily and Daisy Introduce the R.E.A.D. Giveaway

Daisy and Lily, Therapy Dogs
Ever since I found out about the R.E.A.D. program, I've been a believer.

R.E.A.D. has a very simple formula: team a child with a dog, and have that child read books to the dog. Is it any wonder that, after reading to a loving, non-judgmental canine, the child's reading ability gets stronger? If you need any more proof, just read Lily's post about being a R.E.A.D. dog!

The R.E.A.D. program can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and I was thrilled when I discovered that one of my favorite cozy mystery writers, Mary Jane Maffini, happens to be the owner of two therapy dogs. You've already heard from Lily, but Daisy insisted that she be included, too. She works just as hard as Lily, you know!

In honor of the R.E.A.D. program (and of the hard work of Daisy and Lily), I'm holding a giveaway with a twist. Here are the details:
  1. This is an International giveaway.
  2. One winner will have his or her choice of one of the books in Mary Jane Maffini's Charlotte Adams, Professional Organizer, series.
  3. The contest will end on Thursday, November 24, 2011.
  4. The winner will be announced on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Your choice of ONE of these books!
The Charlotte Adams, Professional Organizer, series currently consists of five books. In them, Charlotte's two miniature dachshunds are trying to become therapy dogs. The five books are:

Just fill out the entry form below for your chance to win your choice of one of the books in this fun series!

In addition, I will be making a donation to the R.E.A.D. program for every comment left on this post, so don't be shy-- Announce your presence and know that money will be going to a very good cause!

Don't delay! Choose which book you'd like to win, fill out the entry form below, and leave a comment! (One comment per person.)


  1. Cathy - First, thanks for sharing this wonderful program with us. Such a fabulous, fabulous program! And thanks for the giveaway, too. You're a generous person...

  2. Thanks for the giveaway, Cathe. I think this program is brilliant. Who wouldn't want to read to a dog? Anything that gets kids to enjoy reading is a plus.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Our local library does the R.E.A.D. progrm. My sister-in-law is the head of the county libraries and she said it is amazing to watch the kids that have trouble reading read beautifully to a dog. A very worthwhile program!

  4. This is the first I've heard about this program. I think it's inspired & wonderful! A really smart idea!

    Thank you for this giveaway! I love it and am thrilled to know that you will be donating to the R.E.A.D. program for every comment. That's so generous of you!

  5. I've been meaning to try this series, so this would be a great opportunity. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. What a great program and kudos to your generosity in supporting it!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. I am a librarian at a public library and we have just started a reading with dogs program. It is amazing to watch the kids and dogs together. And a big hand to all the vounteers who donate their time and their dogs to these great programs.

  8. Margot-- I'm more than happy to spread the word about such a wonderful program.

    Barbara-- I've read to a dog or two in my time and always enjoyed it when I did. (They seemed to, too!)

    Peggy-- I'm so glad to hear that your library does the R.E.A.D. program!

    Amy-- I'm glad I could tell you a bit about such a great program. I hope to do more in the future.

    Debbie-- You're welcome!

    Shelleyrae-- Thanks!

    kgb-- Exactly! Where would the program be without the wonderful volunteers?

  9. Thanks for the opportunity to showcase the R.E.A.D. program and therapy dog work. I volunteer for the same organiation as Mary Jane (Ottawa Therapy Dogs) and love to see the word getting out there!

  10. Rachelle-- You folks do marvelous work, so I thought I'd try to do my bit to spread the word.

  11. What a worthy cause! :) Thank you so much for this giveaway, I'd never heard of this series before but it sounds right up my alley.

    kate1485 at

  12. Kate-- I'm glad you found me. Good luck!

  13. What a great idea. I hadn't heard about the R.E.A.D. program. And I almost missed this post. I've been rather scattered the past week or so.

  14. Leslie-- I'm glad you found the post so you could enter!

  15. I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries and I find it great that you're not only hosting a giveaway but will also support a good cause!!


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