Book Buddies

Second Edition
A Tutoring Framework for Struggling Readers

Francine R. Johnston, Marcia Invernizzi, Connie Juel, and Donna Lewis-Wagner

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August 25, 2009
ISBN 9781606233085
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210 Pages
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July 21, 2016
Price: $39.00 $33.15
210 Pages
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210 Pages

This popular, practical resource provides guidelines for setting up a successful tutorial program in grades K-3 and presents a field-tested lesson format for individualized instruction. Clear explanations and examples demonstrate how to use the book's wealth of activities and exercises to assess students and build specific reading, writing, and spelling skills. Adding greatly to the second edition's utility is an included 70-minute DVD depicting sample sessions with a beginning reader and a late beginning reader. (E-book purchasers do not receive a DVD but can view the videos online.) Also included are a helpful glossary, a resource list, and more than two dozen reproducible tutoring tools.

New to This Edition

“The Book Buddies program sets the gold standard for tutoring practices in early literacy. This comprehensive guide is a 'must-have' tool for reading tutors and classroom teachers. The authors are well-regarded experts who weave evidence-based practices into practical lesson plans. The training DVD in the second edition demonstrates actual tutoring practices, and will be invaluable for both first-time and experienced tutors. Professionals who tutor struggling readers need to use this book!”

—Barbara A. Wasik, PhD, Associate Professor and PNC Chair in Early Childhood Education, Temple University

“The Book Buddies program is the foundation for the Community Service Society’s Experience Corps Literacy Program, which has changed the lives of thousands of New York City public school children. Experience Corps has been independently evaluated and shown to have significant positive effects on the reading abilities of first- and second-graders at risk for academic failure. The Book Buddies curriculum, tools, and training and instructional materials have been instrumental to our program's effectiveness in providing quality literacy services.”

—Alina Molina, MS, Vice President of Program Services, Community Service Society of New York

“I wish this book and DVD had been available when I was training Book Buddies tutors. The authors provide thoughtful insights into differentiated instructional strategies for struggling readers. That's what effective tutoring is all about!”

—Amy Waddell, MEd, reading specialist, Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia

Book Buddies encompasses all aspects of implementing an effective research-based tutoring program. It shows how to use assessment to target instruction and how to systematically help struggling readers make significant progress in reading and spelling. This book is a valuable tool for tutors and classroom teachers alike. The second edition has more comprehensive coverage of the stages of reading development, providing clear strategies for teaching children at each stage.”

—Sue Harris, first-grade teacher, Greer Elementary School, Charlottesville, Virginia

Table of Contents

1. The Book Buddies Tutoring Framework

2. Book Buddies Assessment

3. General Tutoring Plan for the Emergent Reader

4. General Tutoring Plan for the Beginning Reader

5. General Tutoring Plan for the Transitional Reader

Appendix: Reproducible Materials for Tutors



About the Authors

Francine R. Johnston, EdD, completed her master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Virginia while teaching first grade for 12 years. She later worked as a Book Buddies coordinator while pursuing her doctorate in reading education. Dr. Johnston has been at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1995, where she teaches courses in literacy and coordinates the Reading Masters Program. She has a special interest in how children learn to read and spell and is the illustrator and a coauthor of Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, which has become a bestseller in the field of education.

Marcia Invernizzi, PhD, holds the Henderson Professorship in Reading Education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she is also Director of the McGuffey Reading Center. She advises master’s and doctoral students and teaches graduate reading courses in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. With Francine Johnston, she is a coauthor of Words Their Way. Dr. Invernizzi is the principal investigator and primary author of Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), the statewide literacy assessment for grades K-3 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a former reading teacher, she enjoys her ongoing involvement in literacy interventions such as Book Buddies and Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative.

Connie Juel, PhD, is Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her research centers on literacy acquisition with a particular interest in how classroom instruction affects the development of children with different reading and linguistic profiles. A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Juel is noted for her longitudinal research on models of reading development and her work on interventions to help struggling readers. She was awarded the National Reading Conference’s Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research and was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame by the International Reading Association. Dr. Juel was most recently Professor of Education in Human Development and Psychology and Language and Literacy and Director of the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that she was the Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education at the University of Virginia, where she began her collaboration on Book Buddies.

Donna Lewis-Wagner, MEd, has served as a Book Buddies coordinator and a Title I reading teacher. She is currently teaching in the Albemarle County School District in Virginia. A former journalist and publicist, Ms. Lewis-Wagner was inspired by her 4 years as a Book Buddies volunteer tutor to pursue a career in reading education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and a master’s in reading from the University of Virginia.


K–3 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and reading tutors.

Course Use

Will serve as a text in tutor training programs sponsored by school districts and universities.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572303478
New to this edition: