Kiddos & Kitties | Madison-Area Literacy Program

Kiddos & Kitties Literacy Program encourages reading among children. Benefit from the power of pets in a cat-cozy, supportive environment.

About Guardian Whiskers and the Kiddos & Kitties Program

Guardian Whiskers works with parents, mentors, and instructors to boost children’s reading excitement and skills. Studies show animal companionship helps relieve stress and a kind, furry listener helps boost confidence. Kids who are not fortunate to have a cat of their own can reap the rewards of quality time with a selfless, non-judgemental, calming kitty.

A guardian, kiddo, and kid-loving kitty bond in a fuzzy, relaxed reading room. In the first session, a Kiddos & Kitties program member provides an introduction to kitty behavior, best ways to interact with the feline reading buddy, and the reading incentive plan.

Our incentive program encourages kiddos to continue new reading habits. Club members earn prizes by returning for regular reading sessions.

Guardian Whiskers Designed Kiddos & Kitties for Kids With Reading Challenges or Reading Aversion

Kiddos & Kitties is geared for younger kids (Ages 6-12) with reading challenges or that may just benefit from quiet time reading with a cat, especially if life circumstances don’t allow them to have a pet of their own. Add a kitty to your kiddo support team.

Kiddos & Kitties Reading Session Details

Guardians can schedule FREE 30 minute reading sessions. These take place in the Guardian Whiskers room at the Cat Care Clinic at 1006 East Washington Avenue, within the Lyric Building. Allow one hour for registration at your first session.

Sign up for the Kiddos & Kitties Program

Guardians Can Sign Up (on Behalf of Kiddo)

Interested in having a special kid in your life come enjoy reading with a cat? Please fill out the form below to get started!

* All children under 18 must have adult consent to participate in the Kiddos and Kitties program

Sign Up to Become a Program Volunteer

We’re looking for kid and cat loving people to help with Kiddos and Kitties sessions. After training, this involves chaperoning the reading session to make sure both the kiddo and kittie are comfortable and content. Make a difference in a child’s life and get personal warm fuzzies when you see how these kids light up with the friendship of a cat reading pal.

Sign up Your Cat to Help Kiddos

Guardian Whiskers is looking for kitties who love kiddos. Email us if you know just the cat, and we’ll send you more information. 

Why read to cats?

Research shows our relationship with pets improves human health and quality of life. The sound of a child’s reading voice comforts our kid-loving cats too!

Program Support

Special thanks to the Francie Luke Silverman Foundation for their support of Guardian Whiskers Inc. and their community efforts to support literacy for children.

Liability Waivers

Waivers will also be sent to you after signing up for your session. 

Questions about the program?

Call Dr. Katarina Luther at (608) 957-7441 or email [email protected]