Buddy Reading | Reading Buddies Activities

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K - 6th, Staff
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Loved being able to display reading buddy expectations in the library when we were there. The buddy activities were very well received!
My students loved using this activity for reading buddies. It lasted several sessions and got them talking to each other.


This collection of Reading Buddy Activities was created for multi-grade students to enjoy together throughout the year. 

Not sure where to start? This resource contains tips, organizers and activities to help you get your program rolling efficiently!

Included in this Resource:

Prep and Organization for Teachers & Big Buddies to Get Started

  • Letter of invitation to become Reading Buddies from one teacher to another
  • Form for class availability / time preference for Buddy meetings
  • Blank Reading Buddy pair-up list (non-editable PDF)
  • What Reading Buddies Do, a full-color, seven page storybook lesson that can be used as posters to reinforce positive expectations for Reading Buddy time (plus a line art version for coloring)
  • Reading Buddy mail label and invitations
  • Big Buddy Code of Honor - a contract highlighting responsibilities for older students

Get to Know You Activities

  • We are Buddies booklet for Big and Little Buddies to create together. Great for Little Buddies to keep for familiar reading
  • Reading Buddies coloring activity (includes six versions of partially completed Melonheadz 'Create-a-Kid' line drawings (3 Big Buddies, 3 Little Buddies; 2 girls, 2 boys, 2 generic)
  • Reading Buddy notebook covers
  • Conversation starter tips for Big Buddies speaking to Little Buddies
  • 2 Venn diagrams: Compare and contrast the interests and what kinds of books they like)

Reading Activities

  • Book Review form
  • Story Summary 3-part graphic organizer (beginning, middle, end)
  • More story follow-up activities: Setting, Characters, Plot Summary (how, where, when)
  • Buddy Reading LOGS (coloring page with pile of logs to record books shared together)
  • Book Review Rating Sheets - Each Buddy creates his / her own criteria and decides how many stars to color based on criteria
  • Book Recommendation Certificates

Seasonal Activities

  • Favorite Seasons compare / contrast printable
  • Halloween activity and card as shown in this post!
  • Thanksgiving story reading follow up activity and boy and girl versions of Thanksgiving card "I am thankful..."
  • Winter Holiday Traditions graphic organizer 
  • "Happy Holidays, Reading Buddy!" card
  • Working Together for Earth Day coloring sheets
  • End of year card - “Thank you and have a good summer! (Be sure to say hi to me when we're back at school!)” and more!

Recent Updates

  • Fun, open-ended visual prompts (spinners and flashcards) representing questions (Who, What, Where, When, How, Why), encouraging discussion, comprehension, creation of activities / games for buddies to do together 

Read about The Benefits of a Reading Buddies Program here, and click here for Tips for starting a Reading Buddies Program in your classroom!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “There are so many fun activities that helped guide my class's time with their reading buddies! This resource offers a great way to set expectations at the beginning of the year and kept them going throughout the year. My students LOVE their reading buddies; I can't wait to use this resource each year!” -Mara L.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “My students loved getting together with their book buddies. Thank you for providing ideas and activities to do throughout the year.  This resource makes book buddies stress free.” -Jennifer M.

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