Book Buddy Program

P4K Book Buddy Home Learning

Small Wonders by Bob Raczka brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. This book celebrates all things summer–from playing at the park to swimming at the pool to catching fireflies. Children will de-light in the rhymes that captures summertime fun. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Michelle Greenwood reads Small Wonders. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for instructions to make your own popsicles at home!
Whoosh by Chris Barton brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The Super Soaker is listed as one of the top twenty toys of all time, and it was invented entirely by accident. The inventor, Lonnie Johnson, was trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, but he instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Roger Humphries reads Whoosh. Below you can follow an activity that encourages students to become inventors themselves!
The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The Sun never stops working to keep things on Earth running smoothly. (That’s why its been Employee of the Month for 4.5 billion years). So why does the Sun get to be center of attention? Because it is our solar system’s very own star! In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Maria Greteman reads The Sun is Kin of a Big Deal. Download the Home Activity Guide below for an activity that uses household items to demonstrate how planets orbit!
Neo Leo, The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf Eugen Fick made the first pair of contact lenses; and in 1907, Paul Cornu built the first helicopter.  Leonardo da Vinci thought of all these ideas more than five hundred years ago! In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Steven Gray reads Neo Leo, The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and click on the Home Activity Guide below for an activity that explores how you can use the inspiration of a nature walk to fuel your own inventive imagination!
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. It is autumn in the Big City! Little Elliot and Mouse love the hustle and bustle of the city streets. But some-times it feels like there are too many people, too many noises―just too much! The best friends decide to get out of town for a vacation. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Kerry Heinrich read Little Elliot, Fall Friends, and click on the Home Activity Guide below for an activity that explores how you can make delicious baked apples! 
Pizza Day by Melissa Iwai brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. On a sunny, summer day, a young boy and his father assemble the ingredients for a homemade pizza. From gathering fresh garden herbs to rolling out the dough for a crust to spreading on sauce and cheese, this picture book leads young chefs step-by-step through the process of making a favorite meal. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Lindsey Wedel reads Pizza Day. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide for an activity that explores the many colors of pizza
Long Shot, Never Too Small to Dream Big by Frank Morrison brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Everybody told Chris that he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored them all…because he had big dreams. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Roger Humphries reads Long Shot, Never Too Small to Dream, and below you can download an activity that explores what it takes to achieve a dream!
Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens by Louise Borden brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Each season bring with it a variety of activities unique to itself.  This book explores different hobbies or interests associated with each season. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Patricia Dyer read Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mitten. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide for an activity that explores all four of the wonderful seasons we have here in Nebraska!
Sky Color by Peter H Reynolds brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. We all have talents and interests that bring us joy. In this book, Marisol shares her joy of painting with us and teaches us that things are not always just as they seem. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Chad Bertucci reads Sky Color. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide that encourages the use of a lot of imagination!
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids.  Every great invention started as a curious thought by a curious person. This book introduces the reader to the inquisitive mind of the great underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Cherice Strandness reads Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide for an activity to create an underwater scene right in your home!
Think Like a Computer by Marcie Flinchum Atkins brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The computer is an invention that has improved the speed and efficiency of work, learning, and play. Computers are encountered everywhere – at the grocery store, at the bank, at the gas station, and even at coffeeshops or restaurants.  This book introduces the reader to the limits of and endless possibilities with computers! In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Jen Homann reads Think Like a Computer, and below you can download the home guide for computer safety tips!
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Hobbies are activities we do for fun like crafting, baking, playing cards, sports, or games. In this book, Louise has a great hobby that she really enjoys, art!  In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Laurie Pieper reads Louise Loves Art, and below you can download the Home Activity Guide for discussion and activity ideas!

Book Buddy Program

P4K’s Book Buddy program is an early education, read-aloud program that focuses on literacy. Pre-kindergarten through third grade students are engaged twice a month in classroom visits by their Book Buddy. Together they read an age-appropriate book and participate in a story-comprehension activity. Each student receives a copy of the  14 books they read throughout the year to build their at-home library.

Programming is currently provided for pre-kindergarten through third- grade students at six P4K target elementary schools, which include:

Field Club Elementary
Fontenelle Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Gifford Park Elementary
Minne Lusa Elementary
Sherman Elementary

 

Book Buddy Staff

Book Buddy Agreement 

*P4K programs are supported in part by a grant from United Way of the Midlands.