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The Global Book Hour


Buffalo State teacher candidates provide neighborhood children and families with:

  • an interactive read aloud,

  • reading strategies and activities,

  • a multi-cultural book,

  • and a healthy snack.




The Global Book Hour integrates geography, vocabulary, music, visual arts, and healthy eating into a weekly, one-hour, session held at local businesses.

Each week focuses on a different part of the world, and all activities center on "travel" to this location. Children and their families participate in the weekly activities, and continue learning with the book received, and through suggested activites made available at the session and online.

Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate students facilitate the GBH program. A clinically-rich field experience, the GBH allows teacher candidates from a variety of disciplines to work together to lead this university-business-community partnership.

The GBH began in spring 2010 as a partnership between the Elementary Education and Reading Department and Wegmans on Amherst Street. Healthy snacks are provided by Wegmans Chef Jason and Amy Pastore.

Spring 2014 Schedule


Wegman's Cafe

March 1 - May 3, 2014
Saturdays - 10:30 am until 12:00 noon
601 Amherst St - Buffalo - 14207


Westside Value Laundromat

March 3 - May 5, 2014
Mondays - 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm
417 Massachusetts Ave - Buffalo - 14213




Global Book Project

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bacon Hall 302
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5916 •  Fax: (716) 878-6033