Raising Readers in Story County


StoryPals is an innovative program for four and five-year olds, which uses the evidence-based dialogic reading method. In dialogic reading, trained volunteers model reading books with questioning strategies and assist students in becoming the storytellers. For each child, the session occurs once per week (two students for twenty minutes at a time, a total of 6 students for an hour).

Be a StoryPals Volunteer

Training and materials will be provided. Volunteer tutors must be at least 14 years old. All volunteers will undergo a background check. Transportation to and from the tutoring site is the responsibility of the tutor. Sessions begin the week of February 13, 2023, and run through the week of April 17, 2023. Volunteer training occurs on the first day of the program without children present. Sessions will not meet the week of March 13-17 due to spring break.

StoryPals Volunteers

Guidelines for Dialogic Reading in Small Groups

The Dialogic Reading Method

This video was taken at Central Elementary School in December 2015. StoryPals volunteer Martha Pitt uses Dialogic Reading techniques to read The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza.

Contact RRSC at holly@raising-readers.org for more information or with questions about the StoryPals program.

This program is funded in part by ASSET and grants from Story County Community Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and the City of Nevada. Sponsorship of this program is available.

Download a program guide to create your own Story Pals program HERE
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