Twice each week, our volunteer Big Buddies pair up with their Little Buddy students to read together for 30 minutes. The Big Buddy’s job is to be a coach and role model whose love of books is contagious — and maybe even life-changing — for the Little Buddy. Over the course of the program, students gain confidence, boost reading skills, and increase their fluency and comprehension.
At A Glance
What: Reading practice, games, and book activities with young readers.
Where: Selected schools across Chicago.
When: Twice weekly during the school year.
Who: 2nd & 3rd grade students, Open Books staff, and volunteer Big Buddies.
Plus: The Open Booksmobile visits each Buddies site at the end of the year so that students can choose a bag of books to take home.