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Books and a Buddy Literacy Program

Books and a Buddy

Join with us as we encourage the love of reading!

In 2015, Members Choice Credit Union adopted Schmalz Elementary School in the Katy ISD, as our partner for Books & a Buddy, a literacy program created to encourage the love of reading in our young children. Books and a Buddy provides a backpack filled with new and gently used books along with a buddy (stuffed animal to cuddle with while reading) to students in grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade to take home and start their own personal library. Our hope is that they will keep these books for years to come, share their books with siblings and friends and in turn, help instill the joy and benefit of developing good reading habits at a young age.

With the positive response we have received from the program, we are excited to be able to continue Books and a Buddy by collecting books not just during the summer, but year-round. Please join us in helping provide books to children by donating new or gently used books for these age levels at any of our branch locations. However, if a monetary donation is easier, we’ll gladly accept that too.

Books and/or monetary donations can be dropped off year-round at any Members Choice Credit Union location.


From the Community:

"Thank you for all your hard work!" - Vivian C.
"Thank you! Our students and staff really appreciate all your hard work." - Trudy R.
"This is so awesome for MCCU to do this for our kids!!!" - Garciela F.
"We appreciate you all! What a difference you are making in our community!" - Jaime S.

Suggested Books for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade


1.  Elephant & Piggie Series by Mo Willems - any title
2.  Biscuit Series by Alyssa Capucilli - any title
3.  Pete the Cat Series by James Dean - any title
4.  In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
5.  Fly High, Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
6.  Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
7.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
8.  David Goes to School by David Shannon
9.  How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen
10. Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Keats
11.  Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae
12. Shortcut by Donald Crews
13. Let’s Eat by Pat Mora
14. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

First Grade

1.  Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
2.  Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
3.  Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic
4.  Katie Woo Series by Fran Manushkin - any title
5.  Cork and Fuzz Series by Dori Chaconas - any title
6.  Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
7.  Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
8.  Best in Show by David Catrow
9.  Pinkerton, Behave by Steven Kellogg
10. Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
11. Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
12. Bones Series by David A. Adler
13. Dino-Baseball (Dino-Sport Series) by Lisa Wheeler - any title
14. When I Am Old with You by Angela Johnson

Second Grade

1.  Ready, Freddy Series by Abby Klein - any title
2.  Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Series by Erica Silverman - any title
3.  Alvin Ho Series by Lenore Look - any title
4.  The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan
5.  Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
6.  The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra & Sal Barracca
7.  Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest
8.  Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne - any title
9.  Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
10. Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
11. Tacky in Trouble (Tacky the Penguin Series) by Helen Lester - any title
12. Frida by Jonah Winter
13. The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner
14. The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland


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