What is a Literacy Buddy? A caring volunteer who: 1. Agrees to receive letters from a child, age 3 or 4. 2. Purchases a book for the child based on his/her interest and writes the child a letter. These are mailed to the child at his/her child care center. 3. This exchange takes place 3 times a year. For many of our children, a book from a Literacy Buddy is the first book they have ever owned.