It can be hard to learn to read when you're a kid. Not everybody takes to it the same way that others do, and if it's not something you get to do a lot of at home, chances are it's going to be more difficult when you hit school.
Not only that, but reading in school is pretty daunting for a bunch of reasons. You usually get asked to do it in front of the other students, and as soon as you read too slow or struggle to pronounce a word, other kids will start getting annoyed or laughing at you.
Thankfully, plenty of organizations exist to help kids improve their reading, from learning centers, to afterschool programs. In particular the Centre County Library in Bellefonte, PA has a pretty novel idea: get kids to relax by letting them read to therapy dogs!