Virtual Book Buddy Learning

2021 Spring Semester

Pre-K Books


This Little Trailblazer by: Joan Hollub brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Learn all about influential people who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for trailblazers-in-training! In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads This Little Trailblazer. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for students to learn more about the women in the book.

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. This ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads I Like Myself. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for students to model self-esteem!

Kindergarten Books

The Shark Lady by Jess Keating brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads The Shark Lady.

What Does It Mean to Be Present? By Rana DiOrio brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Being present means… noticing when someone needs help, waiting patiently for your turn, focusing on what’s happening now. Follow a group of friends at school, at home, and on the beach as they experience just what it means to be present. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads What Does It Mean to Be Present? Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for you and your student to discuss why being present is important.

1st Grade Books


I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Metzler brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, is the subject of this informative and appealing picture book in this series of biographies about heroes. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads I Am Sonia Sotomayor. Below is a Home Activity Guide for students to learn more about how working hard pays off.

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes. This book reveals ways that children can resist the temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Even Superheroes Have Bad Days. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide that explains how students can make superhero costumes!

2nd Grade Books


Martin Luther King Jr. by Kitson Jazynka brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The most effective method used to influence children to read is to incorporate the information that interests them the most. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Martin Luther King Jr. Below you is a Home Activity Guide for students to watch and learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

How Full Is Your Bucket? By Mary Reckmeyer and Tom Rath brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. When Felix wakes up one morning, he finds an invisible bucket floating overhead. A rotten morning threatens his mood—and his bucket—drop by drop. Can Felix discover how to refill his bucket before it’s completely empty? In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads How Full Is Your Bucket? Below you can get a Home Activity Guide that explains how you and your student can make your own buckets.

3rd Grade Books


Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Suds was a perfect third-grade angel last year, but in fourth grade, it’s time to be a rat: pushing kids off the swings, saying good-bye lunch boxes and PB&J, and definitely no crying allowed. Suds isn’t so sure he wants to be a rat, but he is afraid that if he doesn’t, he will turn invisible. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Fourth Grade Rats. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide to discuss leadership skills with your student.

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads The Story of Ruby Bridges. Below is a Home Activity Guide for students to discuss the difference Ruby Bridges made with her bravery.

2020 Fall Semester

Kindergarten Books

1st Grade Books

2nd Grade Books

3rd Grade Books


2020 Spring Semester

Pre-K & Kindergarten Books

1st Grade Books

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!
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!

2nd Grade Books

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!
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!
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!

3rd Grade Books

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!
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!