Real Men Read Parent/Mentor Portal

This school year Real Men Read will return to in-person!  We are currently working to fill our program volunteers if you are interested please email –

Program volunteers are male members of our community who are passionate about reading and helping our kindergarteners learn to read.  Volunteers will be assigned to a kindergarten classroom.  Program months are October, November, February, March and April.  During these months you will coordinate with the teacher to read a selected book to the classroom.  After the reading each child will be given a copy of the book for their home library.

Volunteers must submit information for a back ground check and also be required to wear a mask while volunteering.

Books for this year are listed below along with links to recorded readings, information, and new vocabulary.   Our goal is to share fun activities and exciting stories with our early readers to encourage a love reading.

Research shows that reading with a child at home is one of the best ways to increase reading skills.  

IF you would like 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 2021-2022 program:

The Wahl Family Charitable Trust and German American Bank



October – Frog on a Log

Written by: Kes Gray & Jim Field

Frog on a Log? lesson plan

MENtor reading with Dhakir

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:

  • hare
  • sofa
  • pillar

November –  If You Give a Pig a Party

Written by Laura Numeroff

Illustrated by Felicia Bon

Lesson Plan 

Reading with Farmer Tim

Reading with Dhakir A

Reading with Mr. Shafer

Is a humorous story with great illustrations and lovable characters. The sequence of events starts with a girl’s offer to give a pig a party. The pig then asks for balloons to decorate the house, puts on her favorite dress and invites her friends to the party. The pig’s friends, a mouse, a moose and more, are attending a street fair, so the pig joins them for the rides and games. After returning home, the girl plays hide and seek with the animals. Children will have fun trying to find the animals hiding in the back yard. Then the pig wants a sleepover and the animals have a pillow fight. The story ends with the pig asking for another party. Felicia Bond’s humorous illustrations are simple and delightful. This creative book can be used to teach the concept of cause and effect. 

New Vocabulary:

  • decorate
  • pajamas
  • fortress


If you like cause and effect books you might read, No David  by David Shannon or I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


February – Pierre the Penguin, A True Story  

Written by: Jean Marzollo and illustrated by Laura Regan

Pierre the Penguin lesson plan

Reading with Penguin Tim

Reading with Dhakir A

Reading with Mr. Tom

This is a true story about Pierre, a small penguin in a museum in California.  The people at the California Academy of Sciences worked together to help him.  This book is written in verse so the language has rhythm and rhyme.

New Vocabulary

  • observed (watched or noticed)
  • jam (difficult situation)
  • brayed (squawked loudly)
  • neoprene (thick, stretchy fabric)


Check out these links to learn more about Pierre and the California Academy of Sciences

Bald to Cool – story

PENGUIN FEEDING at the California Academy of Sciences

            Daily at 10:30 San Francisco time—1:30 Bloomington time

            Pierre’s African penguin colony are fed, just like they are in Pierre’s story.


March- Fly Guy #1: Hi Fly Guy!

Written by: Ted Arnold

Reading with Dhakir A

Reading with Mr. Cromwell

Reading with Mr. Tom

Lesson Plan

When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

This book introduces early readers to chapter books.

New Vocabulary

  • pest
  • rescue 
  • judges
  • award
  • friendship


 April – Pete the Cat’s Train Trip

Written by: James Dean 

Pete the Cat is excited to take a train ride to see his grandmother.  The conductor gives Pete a tour of the train.  Read to find out what fun adventures Pete has on his train trip.

Pete the Cat Lesson Plan

MENtor Reading by Dennis Cromwell

Reading with Dhakir A

New Vocabulary

  • cargo train (a train that carries things like coal, not people)
  • conductor (the person who takes tickets and helps people on a train)
  • caboose (the last car on a train, usually red)
  • engineer (the person who drives the train)


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