Publications by Dr. Lori Friesen:


Friesen, L. (2008). The beginning teacher’s handbook for elementary school. Calgary, AB: Detselig Publishers.

Refereed Articles

Friesen, L. (2013). Guidelines for thoughtful entry and sustained involvement in animal-assisted literacy mentoring programs in elementary classroomsIn M. Jalongo (Ed.), Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice in the volume Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood.

Friesen, L. (2012). Animal-assisted literacy learning as carnival: A Bakhtinian analysis. The International Journal of Learning, 18(3), 305-324.

Friesen, L. & Delisle, E. (2012, March/April). Animal-assisted literacy: A supportive environment for constrained and unconstrained learning. Childhood Education International, 102-107.

Friesen, L. (2010). Potential for the role of school-based animal-assisted literacy mentoring programs.  Language & Literacy12(1), 21-37.

Friesen, L. (2010). Animals in children’s literature: A powerful motivator for literacy learning. Focus on Elementary: Association for Childhood Education International, 22(2), 1-7.

[1]Friesen, L. (2009). Exploring animal-assisted programs with children in school and therapeutic contexts. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(4), 261-267.

Friesen, L. (2009). How a therapy dog may inspire student literacy engagement in the elementary language arts classroom. [Special issue.] LEARNing Landscapes, 3(1), 105-122.

Non-Refereed Articles

Friesen, L. (2013, Winter). The Gifted Child as Cheetah: A Unique Animal-Assisted Literacy Program. The Latham Letter,  34(1), 6-10.

Friesen, L. (2010, Winter). Literacy learning goes to the dogs. ATA Magazine, 91(2)

Friesen, L. (2009). Tango as teacher: Literacy learning with love. The Latham Letter, 30(4), 14-15.

Friesen, L. (2009, February). Tango time. Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta PeTS News.

[1] Fourth most downloaded article in Early Childhood Education Journal in 2010.

Recommended Research Articles and Resources Exploring the Child-Animal Bond, Animal-Assisted Literacy, and Animal-Assisted Therapy:

Anderson, K. L., & Olson, M. R. (2006). The value of a dog in a classroom of children with severe emotional disorders. Anthrozoos, 19(1), 35-49.

Esteves, S. & Stokes, T. (2008). Social effects of a dog’s presence on children with disabilities. Anthrozoos, 21(1), 5 – 15.

Fine (Eds.) Handbook of animal-assisted therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice (2nd ed., pp. 73-94). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Fine, A. H. & Eisen, C. J. (2008). Afternoons with Puppy: Inspirations from a therapist and his animals. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Friedmann, E., Katcher, A., Thomas, S., Lynch, J., & Messent, P. (1983). Social interaction and blood pressure: Influence of animal companions. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 171(8), 461- 465.

Gee, N. R., Harris, S. L., & Johnson, K. L. (2007). The role of therapy dogs in speed and accuracy to complete motor skills tasks for preschool children. Anthrozoos, 20(4), 375-386.

Granger, B. P. & Kogan, L. R. (2006). Characteristics of animal-assisted therapy/activity in specialized settings. In A. H. Fine (Eds.) Handbook of animal-assisted therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice (2nd ed., pp. 263-285). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Green Chimneys. (n.d.). Retrieved June 5, 2009 from http://www.greenchimneys.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=323%3Ahumane-education-conference-coming-in-april&catid=78%3Afarm&Itemid=1

Hines, L. (2003). Historical perspectives on the human-animal bond. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 7-15.

Iannuzzi, D., & Rowan, A. (2009). Ethical issues in animal-assisted therapy programs. Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, North Grafton, MA. Retrieved on August 19, 2009: http://www.purdue.edu/bioethics/files/2009/IannuzziRowan1991%20EthicalIssuesAAT.

Intermountain Therapy Animals (2008). Reading education assistance dogs: A program of the intermountain therapy animals. Retrieved on January 31, 2009, from http://www.therapyanimals.org/read/article130.html.

Jalongo, M. (2008). Beyond a pets theme: Teaching young children to interact safely with dogs. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(1), 39-45.

Jalongo, M. (2006). When teaching children about pets, be certain to address safety issues. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(5), 289-292.

Jalongo, M. R. (2005). What are all these dogs doing at school? Using therapy dogs to promote children’s reading practice. Childhood Education, 81(3), 152-158.

Jalongo, M., Astorino, T., & Bomboy, N. (2004). Canine visitors: The influence of therapy dogs on young children’s learning and well-being in classrooms and hospitals. Early Childhood Education Journal, 32(1), 9-16.

Johnson, R. A., Odendaal, J. S. J., & Meadows, R. L. (2002). Animal-assisted interventions research: Issues and answers. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(4), 422-440.

Levinson, B. (1969). Pet-oriented child psychotherapy. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, Bannerstone House.

Levinson, B. (1987). Foreword. In P. Arkow (Eds.) The loving bond: Companion animals in the helping professions (pp. 1-20). Saratoga, CA: R & E Publishers.

Limond, J., Bradshaw, J., & Cormack, K.F. (1997). Behavior of children with learning disabilities interacting with a therapy dog. Anthrozoos, 10(2/3), 84-89.

Mallon, G.P. (1994). Some of our best therapists are dogs. Child and Youth Care Forum, 23(2), 89–101.

Melson, G. F. (2001). Why the wild things are. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Nimer, J., & Lundahl, B. (2007). Animal-assisted therapy: A meta-analysis. Anthrozoos, 20(3), 225-238. doi:10.2752/089279307X224773

Odendaal, J. S. J. (2000). Animal-assisted therapy – magic or medicine? Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49(4), 275-280.

Prothmann, A., Bienert, M., & Ettrich, C. (2006). Dogs in child psychotherapy: Effects on state of mind. Anthrozoos, 19(3), 265-277.

Serpell, J. (2006). Welfare considerations in therapy and assistance animals. In A. H. Fine (Eds.) Handbook of animal-assisted therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice (2nd ed., pp. 453-474). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Zasloff, R. L., & Hart, L. A. (1999). Animals in elementary school education in California. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2(4), 347.

Recommended Literacy Theory Articles and Resources:

Biancarosa, C., & Snow, C. E. (2006). Reading next – A vision for action and research in middle and high school literacy: A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Cambourne, B. (1988). The whole story: Natural learning and the acquisition of literacy in the classroom. Auckland, NZ: Ashton Scholastic.

Collins, K. (2004). Growing readers: Units of study in the primary classroom. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Collins, K. (2008). Reading for real: teach students to read with power, intention, and joy in K-3 classrooms. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Dewey, J. (1963). Experience and education.New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing.

Greene, M. (1995). Releasing the imagination: Essays on education, the arts, and social change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey- Bass.

Guthrie, J. (2004). Teaching for literacy engagement. Journal of Literacy Research, 36(1), 1-29.

Guthrie, J., Hoa, L., Wigfield, A., Tonks, S. & Perencevich, K. (2006). From spark to fire: Can situational reading interest lead to long-term reading motivation? Reading Research and Instruction, 45(2), 91- 117.

Guthrie, J., Wigfield, A., Perencevich, K. (2004). Motivating reading comprehension. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Harwayne, S. (2000). Lifetime guarantees: Toward ambitious literacy teaching.Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Hoffman, J. L. (2010). Looking back and looking ahead: Lessons learned from early reading first. Childhood Education, 87(1), 8-17.

Jalongo, M. R. (2005). What are all these dogs doing at school? Using therapy dogs to promote children’s reading practice. Childhood Education, 81(3), 152-158.

Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada (May, 2008). Position statement. Retrieved on April 12, 2009 from http://www.csse.ca/CACS/LLRC/docs/LLRCPositionStatement.pdf

Lehr, S. S. (2010, Fall). Literacy, literature, and censorship: The high cost of no child left behind. Childhood Education, 87(1), 25-35.

McCormick Calkins, L. (2001). The art of teaching reading. New York, NY: Longman.

National Center for Education Statistics (2009). The nation’s report card: Reading 2009. (NCES 2010–458). Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Pressley, M. (2001). Effective beginning reading instruction. Executive Summary and Paper Commissioned by the National Reading Conference. Chicago, IL: National Reading Conference.

Vygotsky, L. (1978). Mind in society. Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press.

Vygotsky, L. (1986). Thought and language (A. Kozulin, Tans.). Cambridge, MS: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.