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A virtual story-time for children!
Wonderful books read by high school students and their pets!

My name is JP Kinney and I am a sophomore at Princeton High School. This is my rescue dog Miley! As a Helene Cody Scholar, I started Books & Barks so that I could bring some happiness to the children staying at the Princeton Hospital. As a child, I had to stay in the hospital many times because of a rare bone disease called Chronic Recurring Multifocal Osteomyelitis and I still need to be there for regular infusions and testing. I also face challenges with Tourette's Syndrome. I hope that being able to listen to these stories, and meet these high school students and their pets, will help to put a smile on your face! 



about my project


On October 26, 2008, Helene Marilyn Cody passed away on her 16th birthday from a brain aneurysm. The Helene Cody Foundation was formed to honor Helene. The Foundation's mission is to inspire youth to volunteer, to better their communities, and themselves. Each year, a group of high school students is selected to receive mentoring and funding for a community service project that they design and carry out over the academic year. As a Helene Cody Scholar, I decided to combine my love of animals with the importance of reading to create a way to raise the spirits of children staying in the hospital.

Listen to The Stories!

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Jacob & Luke Bornstein & Chloe read ocean life

erik luijendijk & Bobo read have you got my purr?

Hannah Christopher & Mello read the thank you book

Kayla Christopher & MOjo read I promise

Aisling o'dell & Charlie read barnyard fun

Luke Foley & reagan

Caroline foley & Reagan read five dancing dinosaurs

Will Foley & Reagan

Elizabeth Foley & Reagan

Anshul srivasta & penny