Some students need a little motivation to begin reading in the classroom or the library.
Reading Buddies, small stuffed animals, can be that motivation. However, students can easily make the choice to play with the buddies rather than read to them. This reading buddies poster and rules poster can help keep students on task.
I like to review with students that reading buddies are for reading, not playing, if a reading buddy is caught playing, then the reading buddy must be placed in timeout, and the student may not choose another that day. Students may read aloud or silently, or the student and the reading buddy may sit and look at the pictures in the book together.
Print on card stock and laminate for durability.