There are all sorts of niche reading groups out there, but we never thought we’d live to see this one. In Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, a reading group made up of grade-school students who read to cats actually exists. Hey, it’s for a good purpose: it helps them get better at reading.
It all started when animal shelter program coordinator Kristi Rodriguez realized his son was struggling with reading, so he decided to bring him to work, where he could practice reading aloud to an audience (read: cats) that wouldn’t judge him. Uh-huh, that’s right, that’s a softer side of our feline friends you never knew existed either: they are not going to judge anyone’s reading skills. Photographer Mark Makela has it all documented on film. What an ingenious idea.