Book Buddy Program

Become A Book Buddy

At Stand Up For Children Inc. we believe that reading is the gateway to learning and opportunity for Louisville’s kids.

Everyday we mobilize our community of volunteers to make a direct impact on kids through one on one reading sessions. Because the simple magic and joy of a shared book can change a child’s life trajectory. Reading at any and every age, helps us manage stressful situations, build empathy, add to vocabulary and expand our understanding of the world.

Children who are read to three times a week by a family member are twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who are read to less than 3 times a week.

Across the nation just under half of children between birth and age five are read to every day by their parents or other family members.

Volunteer Reader

Volunteer readers spend 20 to 30 minutes 3 times a week reading one on one with PreK through 3rd grade kids, modeling and fostering a joy of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently.

Our readers are paired with the same children each week, developing a mentoring relationship with the child over the course of the year. Volunteer readers are essential to realizing Stand Up For Children’s Vision of a Louisville where all children can realize their full potential through reading!


Time Commitment

20 to 30 minutes 3 times a week for either summer or the full school year.

Training Requirement

A one hour training session

How To Volunteer

Apply at the bottom of this page. All applicants are required to undergo a national criminal background check.

Make A Difference Even From A Distance and Read To One Of Our Kids Over The Phone.

You can help make a difference in the lives of children in Louisville Kentucky from the safety of your home. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to read or listen to children read to them on the phone.

Essential Qualities of a Stand Up For Children’s Volunteer.

If you can agree to the three statements below, we would love to have you as a volunteer reader for Stand Up For Children Inc.


Culturally Affirming

Yes I can provide a positive and culturally affirming environment for a child of any race, ethnicity, family structure, home language, gender identity and expression or religion.


Yes I can make a commitment of reading to a child 20 to 30 minutes 3 times a week with only occasional exceptions.

A Commitment To Fun!

Yes my goal is to have fun reading with a child, rather than to teach or tutor.

Signup To Join Us!

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