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.

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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:





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February – Snowman Magic

Written by: Katherine Tegen

Snowman Magic Lesson Plan

When George stays home from school for a snow day, he finds himself staring out the window, bored. But when he sees the beautiful white slopes in his yard, he gets himself dressed to face the cold weather. George starts rolling the snow into balls and assembling them into a snowman. After his snowman is made, something unexpected happens! How long will George’s enchanted fun with his new friend last?

Key Vocabulary:

  • Brilliant—very bright
  • Drifted—snow piled high
  • Plunged—dove or jumped in
  • Shrinking—getting smaller

Listen to the Story online


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March- Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear

Written by: Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear Lesson Plan

Biscuit has found a lost teddy bear. But who does it belong to? None of his friends is missing a bear. Can Biscuit find the teddy bear’s owner? The youngest of readers will enjoy following Biscuit’s search to return the bear to its rightful home in this charming, easy-to-read adventure.

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 April – Sea Turtles

Written by: Laura Marsh
Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

Who could resist celebrating sea turtles? They may seem like lazy ocean reptiles drifting with the oceans’ currents, but they are actually long-distance swimmers that spend their entire lives searching for food and a mate. What’s more, they come with their own built-in GPS, returning to the exact beach where they were born to lay their own eggs. Kids will learn all about these tranquil and mysterious animals through brilliant photography and illustrations, plus the trusted and distinctive content you love from NG Kids!


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