Virtual Book Buddy Learning

2021 Summer

Pre-K: “Grumpy Pants”

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can’t shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. 

Kindergarten: “Pete at the Beach”

Pete and his mom and his brother are spending the day at the seashore. Pete has fun collecting shells and building a sandcastle until he gets too hot. Luckily there is a whole ocean for Pete to cool off in, but it looks scary. Pete’s brother, Bob, offers to teach Pete to surf. Will that be enough to help Pete get over his fear of the water?  

1st grade: “Hello Crabby”

Crabby is NOT happy. Sun is in Crabby’s eyes. Salt is in Crabby’s teeth. Sand is in Crabby’s shell. Plankton tries again and again to cheer Crabby up — with laugh-out-loud results! Will Crabby ever crack a smile? Or will Crabby always be crabby?  

2nd grade: “Judy Moody Was in a Mood”

Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood.” To start, Judy Moody doesn’t have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won’t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she’ll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. 

3rd grade: “Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash”

Book is called Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash. Freddie Ramos’s adventures continue! When a bully shows up at Starwood Park, his superpowered zapatos go missing. Is the bully to blame? And how can Freddie investigate without his super speed? Freddie is able to overcome his fear of swimming and deal with a neighborhood bully.  

4th grade: “Wedgie & Gizmo”

When two families become one, an overly enthusiastic pup and a too-cool guinea pig must learn to coexist. 

5th grade: “Sarah, Plain, and Tall”

Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?  

2021 Spring Semester

Pre-K Books

Hello Summer! By Shelley Rotner brough to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Whether biting into a juicy peach, dropping a fishing line in a pond, or splashing at the beach, these crisp, gorgeous photos of children celebrate quintessential moments of summer. In a simple but lyrical text, Rotner documents iconic warm-weather activities as well as changes to plants, animals, and weather that occur during a temperate summer.
Boxes by Avelyn Davidson brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids.  A box can be many different things as long as you use your imagination!
The Little Fire Truck by Margery Cuyler brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Join firefighter Jill and her fearless little fire truck as they zip all over town to put out smoky fires and rescue those in need, with the help of the fire crew in this picture book. In this video, Shelby reads The Little Fire Truck.
I Can Do It! By Liza Charlesworth brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. What does it take to become a great gymnast? Hint: It all starts with a can-do spirit! In this video, Shelby reads I Can Do It!

This Little Trailblazer by: Joan Hollub brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Learn all about influential people who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for trailblazers-in-training! In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads This Little Trailblazer. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for students to learn more about the women in the book.

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. This ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads I Like Myself. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for students to model self-esteem!

Kindergarten Books

I Want to Be a Doctor by Laura Driscoll brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Doctors help sick people and help people feel better. When little brother Jack hurts his foot, the family gets to meet all kinds of doctors in this book! In this video, Shelby reads I Want to Be a Doctor.
Snail Brings the Mail by Fred Blunt and Russell Punter brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Snail has an important job and wants to do it well. Even with things go wrong, he doesn’t give up. In this video, Shelby reads Snail Brings the Mail.
The Shark Lady by Jess Keating brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads The Shark Lady.

What Does It Mean to Be Present? By Rana DiOrio brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Being present means… noticing when someone needs help, waiting patiently for your turn, focusing on what’s happening now. Follow a group of friends at school, at home, and on the beach as they experience just what it means to be present. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads What Does It Mean to Be Present? Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for you and your student to discuss why being present is important.

1st Grade Books

Tinyville Town: I Want to Be a Police Officer by Brian Briggs brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. A police officer protects and serves the citizens of Tinyville Town. She must be ready for anything no matter if the task is too big or too small. Can she help Tinyville Town catch a thief? In this video, Shelby reads Tinyville Town: I Want to Be a Police Officer.
Clifford Makes the Team by Norman Bridwell brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. It only takes a little to BE BIG! Clifford wants to play baseball with the kids, so he tries to find a bat his size: a tree, a utility pole, a pipe . . . nothing works, but in the end, the kids find a way to include Clifford in their fun! In this video, Shelby reads Clifford Makes the Team. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide for the students to have indoor batting practice at home.  

I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Metzler brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, is the subject of this informative and appealing picture book in this series of biographies about heroes. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads I Am Sonia Sotomayor. Below is a Home Activity Guide for students to learn more about how working hard pays off.

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes. This book reveals ways that children can resist the temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Even Superheroes Have Bad Days. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide that explains how students can make superhero costumes!

2nd Grade Books

Mr. Sunny is Funny by Dan Gutman brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. A.J.’s summer vacation is ruined when yucky Andrea’s family rents the beach house next door. Her crush on the lifeguard, Mr. Sunny, is driving everyone crazy.
George Washington Carver by Dana Meachen Rau brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. This biography is an introduction to the life of the African-American scientist who overcame great hardship to make unusual and important discoveries in the field of agriculture.
The Paper Boy by Dav Pilkey brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. In the still before dawn, while the rest of the world is sleeping, a boy and his dog leave the comfort of their warm bed to deliver newspapers. As the boy pedals his bike along a route he knows by heart, his dog runs by his side, both enjoying a world that, before sunrise, belongs only to them. In this video, Shelby reads The Paper Boy.
The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it—and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. In this video, Shelby reads The Little Snowplow.

Martin Luther King Jr. by Kitson Jazynka brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The most effective method used to influence children to read is to incorporate the information that interests them the most. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Martin Luther King Jr. Below you is a Home Activity Guide for students to watch and learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

How Full Is Your Bucket? By Mary Reckmeyer and Tom Rath brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. When Felix wakes up one morning, he finds an invisible bucket floating overhead. A rotten morning threatens his mood—and his bucket—drop by drop. Can Felix discover how to refill his bucket before it’s completely empty? In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads How Full Is Your Bucket? Below you can get a Home Activity Guide that explains how you and your student can make your own buckets.

3rd Grade Books

A Dinosaur Named Sue by Portia and Fay Robinson brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The amazing story of Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found. She was discovered in the Badlands of South Dakota in 1990. Explore the exciting restoration work leading up to her Spring 2000 public debut in this book. In this video, Shelby reads A Dinosaur Named Sue.
You Should Meet the Women Who Launched the Computer Age by Laurie Calkhoven brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Meet the women who programmed the first all-electronic computer and built the technological language kids today can’t live without in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet!” In this video, Shelby reads “You Should Meet the Women Who Launched the Computer Age.”

Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Suds was a perfect third-grade angel last year, but in fourth grade, it’s time to be a rat: pushing kids off the swings, saying good-bye lunch boxes and PB&J, and definitely no crying allowed. Suds isn’t so sure he wants to be a rat, but he is afraid that if he doesn’t, he will turn invisible. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads Fourth Grade Rats. Below you can get a Home Activity Guide to discuss leadership skills with your student.

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in. In this video, P4K Program Assistant Shelby Danielson reads The Story of Ruby Bridges. Below is a Home Activity Guide for students to discuss the difference Ruby Bridges made with her bravery.

2020 Fall Semester

Kindergarten Books

1st Grade Books

2nd Grade Books

3rd Grade Books


2020 Spring Semester

Pre-K & Kindergarten Books

1st Grade Books

Neo Leo, The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf Eugen Fick made the first pair of contact lenses; and in 1907, Paul Cornu built the first helicopter.  Leonardo da Vinci thought of all these ideas more than five hundred years ago! In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Steven Gray reads Neo Leo, The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and click on the Home Activity Guide below for an activity that explores how you can use the inspiration of a nature walk to fuel your own inventive imagination!
Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens by Louise Borden brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Each season bring with it a variety of activities unique to itself.  This book explores different hobbies or interests associated with each season. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Patricia Dyer read Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mitten. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide for an activity that explores all four of the wonderful seasons we have here in Nebraska!

2nd Grade Books

Sky Color by Peter H Reynolds brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. We all have talents and interests that bring us joy. In this book, Marisol shares her joy of painting with us and teaches us that things are not always just as they seem. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Chad Bertucci reads Sky Color. Below you can download the Home Activity Guide that encourages the use of a lot of imagination!
Think Like a Computer by Marcie Flinchum Atkins brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The computer is an invention that has improved the speed and efficiency of work, learning, and play. Computers are encountered everywhere – at the grocery store, at the bank, at the gas station, and even at coffeeshops or restaurants.  This book introduces the reader to the limits of and endless possibilities with computers! In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Jen Homann reads Think Like a Computer, and below you can download the home guide for computer safety tips!

3rd Grade Books

Whoosh by Chris Barton brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. The Super Soaker is listed as one of the top twenty toys of all time, and it was invented entirely by accident. The inventor, Lonnie Johnson, was trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, but he instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Roger Humphries reads Whoosh. Below you can follow an activity that encourages students to become inventors themselves!
Long Shot, Never Too Small to Dream Big by Frank Morrison brought to you by Partnership 4 Kids. Everybody told Chris that he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored them all…because he had big dreams. In this video, P4K Book Buddy Mentor Roger Humphries reads Long Shot, Never Too Small to Dream, and below you can download an activity that explores what it takes to achieve a dream!