Reading Buddies

Welcome to the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program! Developed to accompany the Martha Speaks television series, this cross-age reading program is an innovative way for kindergarten and upper-level elementary students to increase their vocabulary, develop their self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of books and reading. Find everything you need for a successful Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program on this site.

You can also watch “Reading Buddies in Action,” a video featuring two teacher partners talking about their experiences with the program. Watch “Reading Buddies Up Close” on PBS Learning Media to see the fun — and learning — that take place during the program.


Teacher Materials

Learn about the importance of vocabulary, the Martha Speaks series, and how-to basics, plus a handy teacher checklist, detailed instructions for Little Buddy teachers and Big Buddy teachers, and a Classroom Poster.

Student Materials

Download and print out the Big Buddy Guide, Reading Buddies Games & Activities, the Reading Buddies Journal, and Certificates of Achievement.

Family Materials

Engage families by sending home the Letter to Families, as well as the Family Activity Booklet (in English and Spanish).

Episodes to Watch

Watch selected Martha Speaks Reading Buddies episodes at PBS KIDS GO or download them from iTunes.

Additional Resources

Watch “The Experts Speak” (a series of short videos from literacy experts), discover recommended reading, explore the curriculum behind the Martha Speaks television series, and more.


Recipients of Prairie Public’s Martha Speaks Reading Buddies grant:

  • Wahpeton, North Dakota
  • Ellendale, North Dakota
  • Burlington, North Dakota
  • Glen Ullen, North Dakota

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