It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter of recommendation for DOG ON A LOG Pup Books by Ms. Pamela Brookes. As a special education professor, literacy coach, dyslexia researcher, and parent, I am incredibly impressed by these books. Ms. Brookes has developed a wonderful gift for parents in creating these how-to manuals for reading. She provides a straightforward, concise, and accurate guide for parents to provide activities in evidence-based basic reading skills. The science of reading is complicated and many parents have felt bogged down by field language and descriptions of reading skills included in other learning-to-read texts. Ms. Brookes gets to the heart of what is most critical for children to understand without losing readers in theory. Her sequence of skills and types of activities for emergent readers align with what has been proven to work in research. Additionally, she makes reading fun! This series is critical for anyone who is taking on the task of teaching a child to read.
Jennifer M. White, PhD
Department of Disability and Pschoeducational Studies
College of Education
University of Arizona
Pamela Brookes DOG ON A LOG Pup Books are a wonderful, affordable resource for teaching phonics in a very systematic approachable manner. The information in the books is very well researched and numerous parent/child friendly activities are provided at each step along the path to teaching phonics. Since the writer has a daughter with a diagnosis of dyslexia, she has personal insight into the struggles both parent and child encounter during the process of teaching a dyslexic child to read. These struggles, along with practical solutions, are addressed. As members of a multi-disciplinarian team, speech pathologists are playing a more active role in the diagnostics and intervention of children with dyslexia and others with reading challenges. This series would be a very valuable tool for speech pathologists, other educators and parents who are teaching struggling readers.
Jill Heerboth MS, CCC-SLP
I admire, respect and appreciate everything Brookes is doing and working for. I truly feel that she wants to provide the best possible educational materials for all children. It is evident in all her hard work that she enjoys doing it. She has a mission to provide all parents and educators with the feeling I've experienced while using her collection with my daughters. She wants parents/educators and their children/students to succeed and love the journey of reading.
Mom to 5 and 8-year-old girls
My son was stubborn, arms crossed, face grumpy, closed off to the idea of more letters and sounds. He soon realized that fun was involved in these books. My son liked clapping his hands to indicate each word in a sentence and tapping a finger for each sound in a word. Tracing and saying the sound of each letter also seemed fun to him and as improved his printing. The ideas in the books and the games have reduced his problems and he is reading cvc words as well as more difficult words. He is confident and happy about his new abilities and keeps applying his new knowledge.
Mom to 9-year-old boy