Reading Buddies

Practice and skill-building for elementary readers.

  • 2nd & 3rd grade students
  • Twice weekly during the school year
  • Meets at selected schools
  • Volunteers serve as Big Buddy coaches
  • Includes book giveaways

Learn more about Reading Buddies.

Creative Writing Workshops

Field trips for young storytellers and poets.

  • 3rd-12th grade students
  • Weekdays year-round
  • Meets at Open Books
  • Volunteers serve as writing coaches
  • Includes instruction, published anthologies of class writing, and coupons for the Open Books West Loop store

Learn more about Creative Writing Workshops.

ReadThenWrite

An immersive reading, writing, and publishing experience for teenage authors.

  • 5th-12th grade students
  • 8-week sessions during the school year
  • Meets at selected schools
  • Volunteers serve as writing coaches
  • Ends with a gala Author Launch at the Open Books store
  • Includes coupons for the Open Books store and a professionally published anthology of the class’s writing

Learn more about ReadThenWrite.

Publishing Academy

A transformative writing and publishing experience for young novelists.

  • 7th-12th grade students
  • 3-week summer bootcamp followed by monthly workshops
  • Meets at Open Books
  • Volunteers serve as writing coaches
  • Ends with a gala Author Launch at the Open Books store
  • Includes coupons for the Open Books store and a professionally published copy of the student’s novel

Learn more about Publishing Academy.

Open Books is proud to cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment. In our Instructional Programs, students read and discuss thought-provoking material, write prose and poetry inspired by these texts and their lives, and celebrate the publication of their completed work.

We transform students’ abilities with and attitudes towards reading and writing through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.

Want to get involved with our Instructional Programs? Find out about volunteering!