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Book Buddies
A Tutoring Framework for Struggling Readers

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ISBN 9781462545490
March 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
250 Pages

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Marcia Invernizzi, PhD, is the Edmund H. Henderson Professor Emerita of Reading Education at the University of Virginia (UVA). As cofounder of Book Buddies and PALS, an early literacy screening and diagnostic tool for PreK through the elementary grades, she has a strong interest in evidence-based practices to ensure early language and literacy success. These practices were honed at UVA’s McGuffey Reading Center, a reading clinic that Dr. Invernizzi directed for many years, and are described in several of her coauthored books, including Words Their Way. A former classroom teacher and reading specialist, Dr. Invernizzi continues to engage with preschools, elementary schools, and educational organizations seeking to ensure that all children learn to read.
Donna Lewis-Wagner, MEd, is a reading specialist and coordinator of the University of Virginia’s America Reads federal work–study program. She has served in elementary schools as a Book Buddies coordinator, Title I reading teacher, and intervention coordinator. 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, earning her master’s degree in reading from the University of Virginia.
Francine R. Johnston, EdD, retired from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012, where she taught courses in literacy and coordinated the Reading Master’s Program. After teaching first grade for 12 years, she later worked as a Book Buddies coordinator while pursuing her doctorate in reading education. Dr. Johnston has a special interest in how children learn to read and spell and is the illustrator and coauthor of Words Their Way.
Connie Juel, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Education at Stanford University. Her research focuses 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 is a recipient of the Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research from the Literacy Research Association and was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame.


"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