Books & Buddies

Books & Buddies is a Multi-Generational Reading Program developed to improve the literacy skills of children by partnering them with volunteer mentors acting as reading companions. Working together, the volunteer and student focus on improving the child’s reading proficiency, comprehension, and oral reading skills.

Books & Buddies mentors provide the much-needed individualized support to foster a love of reading while improving skills and confidence.

Quotes From Books & Buddies Mentors and Teachers

“Such an amazing program! I truly believe these children are being helped with every session! What a wonderful feeling to make an impact on these kids’ lives!”

– B&B Mentor

“The time my students spent with their buddy was extremely helpful to them. I would love to have them help again next year. ”

– Classroom Teacher

“Mentors were on-time and dedicated to the growth of the students.”

– School Facilitator

“Program is well run, intentions clear and on-going communication excellent. I think the children benefit from the time with the mentors.”

– B&B Mentor

Mentor Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Mentor Orientation and Training session (1 1/2 hours)
  • Criminal Background Check (Spread the Word Nevada absorbs the cost)
  • One hour per week
  • Transportation to and from the school locations

Three Essential Qualities of a Mentor

Available Time

Be Realistic – Do you have the time to build this relationship?

YES     NO


Physically and Emotionally – Can you regularly show up and maintain interest over a period of time?

YES     NO

Developmental Attitude

Is your goal to help a “buddy” grow in both skills and confidence and not to “fix” the child’s problems?

YES     NO

If you answered YES to the three questions above, we very much want YOU as a Books & Buddies mentor! Please click below!

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