Book Buddy Teacher Resources

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This pathfinder has been created to assist elementary teachers in developing, planning, and managing a peer reading program called Book Buddies. In Book Buddies, upper elementary students are paired with younger students in a reading strategy that builds reading confidence in all participants as well as build social relationships and a sense of community among the students.

With the assistance of this pathfinder teachers can find links to online resources, lesson ideas, and project ideas for teachers who are interested in coaching students for buddy reading and who may want to extend the buddy reading activity at their schools. This site will be updated periodically as resources are located.



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Book Buddy Preparation Ideas & Strategies

The following links provide useful tips that educators might consider in the preparation of a Book Buddy arrangement so that students can make the most of their time with each other. Teachers may find helpful advice or background information.

Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

Reader's Notebooks

Reading Buddies -

Getting the Best out of Book Buddies |


Booktalks Quick and Simple


 Lesson Ideas

Below are links to lesson ideas that could be applied to Book Buddies:

Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together - ReadWriteThink

Sample Mini Lessons

Book Cover Creator - ReadWriteThink

Activities and Lesson Plans for Book Buddies

Reading - Real Classroom Ideas

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Recommended Children's Books:

Here are just a few book lists that include ideal books for sharing during Book Buddies and for use with Book Buddy extension lessons:

Great Read-Aloud Children's Books with Reviews and Sample Lesson Plans

Books for Book Buddy Reading |


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Teacher Blogs:

These links contain lesson ideas and educator advice related to Book Buddy activity.

ideas for reading buddies - ProTeacher Community

Book Buddies / Reading Buddies - Ideas for Teaching, Resources for Lesson Plans, and Activities for Unit Planning