Bud, Not Buddy Reading Comprehension Worksheets

This guide contains over 100 pages of reading comprehension worksheets for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

The Bud, Not Buddy Reading Comprehension Guide contains over 100 pages of reading comprehension worksheets including several vocabulary and reading comprehension questions for each chapter. It contains ready-to-go printable student guides, answer keys, and more. There are two styles of worksheets for every chapter with several vocabulary and comprehension questions. The “workbook⌄” style contains blanks for student answers and the “guide⌄” style is more compact without blanks. Additional blank multi-use worksheets are provided along with identical answer keys. The Key Questions worksheet provides 10 questions for the entire book along with an answer key.

See sample pages from each section at the bottom of this page.


About the book

Blood on the River is set in 1936 during the Great Depression. With his mother having passed, and following years living in orphanages and foster homes, Bud sets out to find his father armed only with his suitcase full of personal secrets and a clue about his father's identity in the form of flyers for the music of the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Along the way Bud encounters hornets, vampires, starvation, and muskrat stew - among other things. Along the way Bud writes about his lessons learned in Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Notable themes include family, depression, and the kindness of strangers.

Blood on the River is the first book to receive both the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature and the Coretta Scott King Award (given to outstanding African-American authors). Bud, Not Buddy was also recognized with the William Allen White Children's Book Award for grades 6-8, and several other awards and recognitions. This book is highly encouraged for grades 5-8.

“Curtis draws on a remarkable and disarming mix of comedy and pathos…Bud’s journey, punctuated by Dickensian twists in plot and enlivened by a host of memorable personalities, will keep readers engrossed.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

“Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heard and never lets go…. Highly recommended.”—Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred

“The rich blend of tall tale, slapstick, sorrow, and sweetness has the wry, teasing warmth of family folklore.”—Booklist

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Section 1 - Teacher's GuideSection 2 - Student's GuideSection 3 - Student WorkbookSection 4 - Student Workbook Answer KeySection 5 - Key Questions WorksheetSection 6 - Key Questions Answer KeySection 7 - Blank Multi-use Worksheets
Several vocabulary words, and reading comprehension questions for each chapter. (Some guides include prediction questions.) Vocabulary words include page numbers and EDL grade level. Answers are included in the teacher guide.
Unlike the workbook, the “guide” doesn’t contain blank spaces for the student’s to write in the answers, but it contains all of the same content. We provide this additional version for flexibility as some teachers may not want blank spaces. Some teachers use these worksheets in conjunction with the blank multi-use worksheets also provided. This student’s guide matches the teacher’s guide.
The same comprehension, and vocabulary questions contained in the guide followed by blanks for students to provide answers. Comprehension and vocabulary questions include the page numbers where the answers can be located.

To make things easier we layed out the answers to match the student workbook exactly.


A brief worksheet providing ten questions covering key elements of the story with blanks provided for a student’s answers.


You guessed it, the answer key for the Key Questions worksheet. Answers are layed out exactly as they are in the key questions worksheet for easy grading.

Reading Comprehension Worksheets Divergent Key Questions Sample Page

Vocabulary worksheet with 10 blanks for definitions. Comprehension worksheet with 5 blanks for answers. Combined vocabulary and comprehension worksheet
Designed to be used with the vocabulary and comprehension questions in the student guide.

Comprehension Worksheet Sample Page
Vocabulary Worksheet Sampel Page
Vocabulary and Comprehension worksheet sample page