Join in the first-ever Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Week!
Magic Tree House has turned kids into readers for over 20 years. In this new celebration, kids of all ages can use a simple, tried-and-true “Buddy Reading” program in schools, libraries, bookstores, and even at home to nurture a love of reading. With 50 Magic Tree House adventures and 27 corresponding nonfiction Fact Trackers, the possibilities for discovery and imagination are endless! As author Mary Pope Osborne says, “Look out the tree house window and your life will never be the same.”
About “Buddy Reading”
The “Buddy Reading” model pairs a younger reader with an older, more experienced reader to meet on a regular basis. The reading buddies can be students across grade levels, students and community volunteers, younger and older siblings, or parents/ grandparents/aunts/uncles/neighbors and children. Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Week is a great time to kick off these partnerships, which are meant to run for an extended period of time and to foster a love of reading.
Not only do the young readers in the partnership improve fluency and build vocabulary, but they also gain self-confidence as they read aloud and gain a mentor that they might not otherwise have access to. The older readers can develop leadership abilities, take pride in modeling good reading habits, and watch their younger buddy improve his/her skills.
Here are some things to think about before setting up a Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Program in your school, library, or bookstore.
- Timing: What is the date range for your reading buddies program? How often will buddies meet? How long will each session last? It is best to choose the time of day when you expect your readers will be most focused.
- Location: Where will reading buddies meet? How many readers can you accommodate? Remember that pairs will need a quiet place to collaborate with as few interruptions as possible.
- Books: Stock up on Magic Tree House books so that reading buddies can choose the adventures and topics that most interest them. Visit MagicTreeHouse.com for printer-friendly activity sheets to have on hand, and bookmark author videos that you’d like to share with the group.
- Logistics: How will you get the word out about your program? Will you need volunteers to help run your program? Will any guest readers participate?
- Assign pairs: Think about the personalities and interests of the younger readers and the older readers as you make assignments.