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Reading Buddy and Book Program

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

This program is designed with Title 1 schools as the beneficiary. Each child ages K–2 is given a reading buddy and a book of their choice. Each child is instructed to read out loud to their reading buddy every night, after memorizing the book bring back to class and exchange with other class mates. This encourages children to want to read and by reading out loud they can better their pronunciation and not skip over words they do not know. A reading buddy bridges the gap between the lower wealth schools by giving the children a fun way to read. The Reading Buddy program emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2000, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. The Reading buddy doesn't judge and your Reading Buddy becomes a great friend - Contact us to learn more and get involved.




TurnAround Toys Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to provide books, toys and stuffed animals to economically disadvantage children. TurnAround Toys encourages and empowers children to read independently with their reading buddy (stuffed animal) and to become proficient readers at grade level benchmarks. 

The purpose of the Reading Buddies Program is to empower and encourage K-2 students to read independently, thus raising their reading scores. Each child is given a reading buddy (stuffed animal) , a book bag and a starter book. Books are regularly rotated and rewards are given as students read more each week. 

Each year with the assistance of our sponsors and partnerships with schools, summer camps and recreational center, we have been able to continue to enhance the value of this program and provide our students with an array of resources. In 2017, the Ready Buddy Program was able to help 4,475 students reach their reading level goals. The cost of providing this program to the community is $15 per child. 

Literacy is a major factor in helping break the cycle of poverty. The Reading Buddy Program literacy program is just one more way we can help make these children lives better. 


News Alert

House of Representatives - District 68

We had an excellent meeting with NC Representative Craig Horn. We discussed the Reading Buddy Program and had a wonderful dialogue about expanding the program throughout North Carolina.

"Reading Buddies is a wonderful program that warms hearts and excites minds. Congratulations to Lynn and Turnaround Toys." N.C. Rep. Craig Horn

Request a Reading Buddy Event

Reinforcing our Commitment

Please click below if you would like to apply for a Reading Buddy Event in your area. Our Reading Buddy Program has been very successful and we are excited to continue the program and partner with those of you who would like to encourage our kids to read and also enjoy a stuffed animal - our reading buddy. See photos of recent Ready Buddy events. 



Annual Toy Giveaway


Every year Turnaround Toys offers free toys to local families. It is a travesty for children to not have the ability to change their position in life, but when given love through being presented a toy, it could possibly change their destiny. Toys provide a tangible reminder that someone loves and cares for them. Memories of receiving toys as a child could foster and encourage a principle of giving which will manifest itself as that person becomes an adult. Please use the button below to apply. 



For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.



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