From Unit Plan: Getting the Best out of Book Buddies

These are books that intermediate students enjoy reading with primary student book buddies.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
This humorous book chronicles the adventure a duck has when he decides to take a bike for a ride around the farm.

Classroom Tip:  For the intermediate student to read to the primary student and discuss the benefits of risk-taking. 

Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
Froggy is afraid of the water until his mother, along with his flippers, snorkel, and mask, help him learn to swim.

Classroom Tip: Intermediate students can read this book to the primary student and discuss how Froggy’s learning to swim is like their adventure of learning how to read.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
In the lush, green branches of the great Kapok tree, live the animals, birds, and flowers that are nourished by the rain forest. The book contains facts about the rainforest interwoven in a fanciful story with real life application.

Classroom Tip: This is a great read aloud for the combined Book Buddy classrooms. Intermediate students can help primary students turn their class into a rainforest with construction paper vines, leaves, and animals.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
"Steptoe weaves tribal culture and history, magic and mystery in this version of the timeless moral lesson of pride going before the fall."-New York Times.

Classroom Tip: A great read-aloud for the combined Book Buddy classrooms.

The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
This book contains more than 100 humorous poems that are enjoyed by the young and old alike.

Classroom Tip: Copy some of the poems on chart paper or the overhead for the intermediate and primary students to read aloud together.

No, David! by David Shannon
Young David finds himself in one situation after another because of his behavior.

Classroom Tip: This is a great read aloud for the combined Book Buddy classrooms. Students can talk about perspective. The primary student can examine the story from David’s point of view while the intermediate student reflects on the story from mother’s perspective. Also provides a talking point for discussion integrity.

Superfudge by Judy Blume
There's a new baby on the way, and the Hatcher family is moving to Princeton for a year. Will Peter survive a year away from Sheila and his favorite rock in Central Park?

Classroom Tip: A great read-aloud for the combined Book Buddy classrooms.