Book buddies is a school wide program that pairs up classrooms to read with one another. Each year primary teachers pair up with an intermediate teacher and schedule times for their classes to do various reading activities. Buddies practice fluency, check comprehension, discuss genre and literary elements, celebrate holidays, explore themes, and have additional opportunities connect reading to content. The younger kids get to hang out with the big kids and get help reading, while the big kids get to practice setting a good example by helping the little ones out. Many kids blossom during this time because they start to truly care for their book buddy and learn the real meaning of responsibility. Friendship, cooperation, communication, and enthusiasm for reading are all skills that are emphasized in this much loved initiative.