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How to find a reading buddy program

What are reading buddy programs, where can a parent locate information about finding or starting one, and how successful are they at getting children to read? Very successful, as the articles below indicate.

Consider hiring a neighbor or older sibling to read with your child every day. Or contact Big Brothers or Big Sisters, which now has an in-school mentoring program. Or check out the following websites and consider referring your child’s school librarian, teacher, public librarian, community center or religious institution to them.

If your child is between six and 16, you can ask for a Big Brother or Big Sister for him/her. Anyone 19 or older can apply to be a Big Brother or Big Sister:



Joining a book buddies program in Chicago:

If you live in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas or Missouri:

An article about reading buddy programs written for teachers, but of interest to parents:

Also, stories about being a Big Brother or Big Sister:

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