by Denise Gary
Photographs © Denise Gary and Lori Cothrun

Reading buddies! Kids Need to Read needs lots of “reading buddies” for kindergarten students participating in our national READ Together program! What is a reading buddy? It is a stuffed critter to which a child reads aloud, especially when they have no one else to read with at home. We hope to have 3,000 reading buddies to share with program participants this school year. (That’s a lot!)

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If you are creative, or belong to a sewing or knitting group, KNTR would love to be one of your projects! We would also be happy to accept small store-bought creatures, but they must be NEW, no exceptions. Cash sponsorships designated toward the purchase of buddies will help, as well. Reading Buddy donors are listed on the READ Together web page.


Please write to, if you can help with a reading buddy donation. We thank you for your support of this important program, which engages kindergarten and first grade students with a foundational focus on increasing reading proficiency levels for their future success.


7 Responses to “Kids Need to Read is In Need of Reading Buddies!”

  1. Reading Buddies | CHERYL WOODWARD on April 27th, 2015 9:36 am
  2. HACautrell on July 13th, 2015 8:50 am

    This is so amazing. I am able to crochet and would love to try my hand at this! Thank you for caring about children and helping them grow and learn. Your cause is wonderful.

  3. dantes etienne on August 31st, 2015 4:33 pm

    i like love to read and im a supertar

  4. Yvonne Schreck on March 15th, 2016 10:35 am

    I can help with Reading Buddies! I knit and crochet so please let me know what your program would like or if you have specific patterns. Great idea!! Kids need to read. I work in an elementary school and see this as an uphill battle if there is no support at home.

  5. carol hummer on June 16th, 2016 8:34 am

    I would love to help out

  6. Saua on June 26th, 2016 2:26 am

    I need help, I need books for my students. I’m from American Samoa, below poverty country. My students and school is in need of books. I Ned help of where can I get books to help out my students in reading, improvin their reading, spelling, and comprehension skills. Please give me a email, donate and help for students learning. I appreciate all your help.

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