Be a PAL!

How BookPALS Works

The success of BookPALS is contingent on the communication, collaboration and cooperation among the following parties:

The BookPALS Reader

  • Commits to a partnership with the school and BookPALS (minimum of 1-semester)
  • Trains for and prepares an age-appropriate read aloud for each classroom
  • Performs weekly, 30-minute read aloud in 2-consecutive classrooms
  • Communicates with teacher and maintains regular schedule
  • Completes mandatory program survey at the close of each semester

The Teacher

  • Commits to a regular schedule with BookPALS (minimum of 1-semester)
  • Manages the behavior of students during class read aloud
  • Offers book suggestions that are great for your class and/or that complement classroom curriculum
  • Completes mandatory survey each semester of participation to support program funding

The School

  • Commits to a partnership with BookPALS for the duration of the school year
  • Agrees to opening classrooms to scheduled volunteers
  • Provides easy communication channels to coordinate volunteer placement
  • Communicates any changes in need with the Literacy Program Manager

The Literacy Program Manager

  • Commits to a partnership with the school for the duration of the school year
  • Recruits, screens and trains readers for classroom read aloud
  • Communicates with school for new reader placement
  • Manages volunteer placement and schedules
  • Maintains open communication with classroom teachers
  • Administers brief program survey every semester to measure impact

BookPALS eligibility requirements:

  • SAG-AFTRA union members living in Florida, Los Angeles or New York City*
  • Available to attend annual Reader Workshop
  • Available to read for 30 minutes/per week/per classroom for a minimum of 1-semester (approximately 10-weeks)


Eligible volunteers in Florida, Los Angeles or New York City, can complete an online volunteer application by clicking HERE.  Once you complete the application, your local Literacy Program Manager will notify you of next steps.


Do you live somewhere OTHER than Florida, Los Angeles or New York City?

If you live outside the vicinity of a BookPALS branch, you are still able to share your talents! Visit the website of your local school district to learn about their community volunteer program. The application process for each district varies slightly, but the procedure typically includes completing an application, as well as administer Live Scan Fingerprinting. A school administrator can best direct you.


You can click HERE for Read Aloud Tips & Resources!