A central Iowa woman has realized that a personal touch makes the difference when volunteering at Metro United Way’s Book Buddy program aimed at area 4-year-olds.
In a success story published on the United Way’s Central Iowa website, Deb Bremer described how she coaxed Isaac, one of her first assigned children, from reading-averse to booklover.
“A few times we didn’t even get through the whole book before he would ask, ‘Can we be done,'” she said in the article.
With a little digging, Bremer found out Isaac’s favorite cartoon was the P.J. Masks kid-superhero series. So, when she spied a book based on the series, she knew it would be a way for her to better relate to her Book Buddy.
“When we opened it to the first page, Isaac recognized the pictures from the television episode and promptly told me the whole story,” she said in the article. “I like to think that was the moment he realized that there are endless books out there, and you can always find one about something you are interested in,” she added.