Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp tells the story of a young girl who struggles to read. Madeline is mocked by her classmates when she tries to read. She yearns for a gold star, but she keeps getting a “keep trying” heart. Then, one day, Madeline’s mother takes her to the library. There, she meets Bonnie, a library dog, who helps her learn how to read.

This book shows the value of tenacity and resiliency. Papp reminds us that we all need a Bonnie—someone who doesn’t judge or mock; someone who takes time to listen; someone who is present.

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