Become a Book Buddy in our programs!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Various Locations Throughout ChicagoChicago, IL 60642


We at SitStayRead believe that reading should be fun for all children, and that being literate is one of the best ways to get out of poverty. So, we go into the classrooms during the school day into low-income CPS schools with our reading and writing program! The best part? We go in with teams of trained human and dog volunteers!

A Book Buddy is a volunteer without a dog who will work in a team with the same group of children in a program each week. They will implement literacy interventions formulated by SitStayRead, which include a reading and writing component. Book Buddies love working with kids, can read in multiple styles with children, can write clearly, will follow written instructions, and works well in a team.

The commitment is one hour a week for 6-8 weeks, depending on the grade level.


  • General Education
  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week, during the day, for 6-8 weeks
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation

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