NIE Book Columns

Looking for a feature for young readers, parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to promote children’s books?

Meet Clover.

Clover is everyone’s new Book Buddy.

Each month, Clover suggests three books for children – a youngest, middle and oldest read – and shares them in her Book Buddy column. The Book Buddy column is released at the beginning of each month. The columns follow a theme and include art files for each suggested book. Publish all three of Clover’s recommendations at once, spread them out over the month, or just target an age group.

The Book Buddy column is available at no charge to newspapers interested in promoting youth literacy and offering quality content to their readers. The column is produced by the Community Literacy Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington, Mo, and committed to promoting reading, especially among children.

To access the monthly Book Buddy column and accompanying art files, visit and use the rolling download code: buddyjan21, buddyfeb21, buddymar21 — and so on. Please include credit lines with all publications — in print or online. Newspapers may use Book Buddy title art as well.

If you have questions about the column, please contact NIE Coordinator Helen Headrick,

For more information about the or youth literacy projects, please contact Dawn Kitchell,

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