Real Men Read Parent/Mentor Portal

Each year, FMCCS places men from our community in Kindergarten classrooms throughout the district. Five times a year, the MENtor reads aloud from a book that each child receives a copy of. Through fun activities and exciting stories, students are encouraged to love reading and take lessons from the books.

Research shows that reading with a child at home is one of the best ways to increase reading skills.  You will find lesson plans for each of these books to inspire your fun family reading time.

We also encourage you to support this program for next year!

  • $20 will fund the program for one student.
  • $60 will fund the one classroom for one month of the program.
  • $300 will fund a classroom for all five months of the program.

If you would like to make a donation towards Real Men Read, please click the Donate button on the sidebar. Under “Related Gift Information,” make a note that your donation is “For Real Men Read.” Thank you for fostering a love for reading in our students.

Thank you to our program sponsors for the 2018-2019 program:

50+ Men Who Care of Monroe County 









October – Spooky Wheels on the Bus

Written by: J. Elizabeth Mills

Spooky Wheels on the Bus Lesson Plan

 A haunted Halloween bus ride that will have children singing with excitement.

THE SPOOKY WHEELS ON THE BUS is a humorous Halloween-themed version of the classic song THE WHEELS ON THE BUS…with a few ghoulish tricks and treats up its sleeves! 

Have fun singing and swishing with this Halloween favorite.

Key Vocabulary:



November – Frog on a Log

Written by: Kes Gray & Jim Field

Frog on a Log? lesson plan

A read-aloud story that will have kids rhyming around the house! 

“It’s very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs.”

Key Vocabulary:





Talk to your school librarian for more suggestions!


February – National Geographic Penguins  

Written by: Ann Schreiber

Penguins Lesson Plan

Key Vocabulary:

  • Equator
  • Predator
  • Colony


Talk to your school librarian for more more non-fiction books.


March- Not Yet  

Written by: Lori Hockema and Lisa Cox

Not Yet Lesson Plan

The title of the book originated when Lisa wrote song lyrics to convey a message she was teaching as a school counselor. She felt that students need to learn to enjoy the process of striving for a goal and not be defeated by mistakes.

Lori and Lisa a authors living in Carmel, IN a huge thank you to them for making it possible for us to include this book in the RMR program.


Talk to your school librarian for more suggestions!


 April – Pete the Cat Scuba-Cat 

Written by: James Dean

Pete the Cat is going scuba diving! Before he hits the water, Captain Joe tells him about all the sea creatures he can encounter, and Pete is super excited to see a seahorse. But when he is suited up and swimming around, he has to search high and low to find the little guy. In this aquatic adventure, Pete makes a new friend and gets a big surprise!

Pete the Cat Lesson Plan

Listen to the Story


Talk to your school librarian for more Pete the Cat books!