Winner Speech Pathology 2021 – Boo Loves Books

Winner Speech Pathology 2021 – Boo Loves Books

Everyone else in class loves reading, but Phoebe hates it. It makes her feel anxious and she worries about getting words wrong. She is even more anxious when she finds out that she and her classmates will be taking a trip to an animal shelter to read to…the dogs! But when Phoebe meets Big Boo, a nervous but gentle dog, maybe they can face their fears together?

Sarah Ferguson reading 'Boo Loves Books' on 'Fergie and Friends'



Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2021
“Best Book for Language and Literacy Development”


‘Boo Loves Books is a delightful story about a little girl who is a reluctant reader. The book discusses the topic of anxiety in children and animals and overcoming their fears with support.’

Excerpt – judges’ comments

- Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards, 2021.

‘Boo Loves Books is a heartwarming story of a special connection formed through reading between a girl and a dog named Big Boo.’

Amie Sabadin

- Kids' Book Review, July 2020.

‘Boo Loves Books by Kaye Baillie and Tracie Grimwood is a touching book about learning to read, overcoming anxiety and cute dogs. Books and dogs in the same story…need I say any more?’

Riss Leung

- Oz Lit Teacher, 2020.

‘Boo Loves Books touched us so deeply we could literally feel the warmth radiating from our hearts.’

Romi Sharp

- Just Write for Kids, May 2020.

Grimwood has done a beautiful job using pencil and watercolour to evoke Phoebe and Boo’s emotional journeys.

Highly recommended – Heather Gallagher

- Reading Time - CBCA

Book Details

Illustrator Tracie Grimwood
Publisher New Frontier Publishing
ISBN 9781922326027
Page 32
Reading Age 3-6 years

Teaching Notes and Activities