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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my child participate?

Research shows that reading books to preschoolers prepares them so they are more ready for school than those who aren't exposed to books as much.  Picture books include more words than in our everyday language and allow children to learn about animals and places far away.  They learn how to handle books and love to spend time with loved ones reading.  We support this by offering an Early Readers summer reading program as well as those for older children.

Who can participate?
Parents can register babies and preschoolers  for the Early Reader Program.  Children too young to read by themselves are welcome to participate by having older readers read to them. 

Children ages 5-11 can register for the Children’s program and children and teens ages12-18 can register for the Teen program.

How many minutes needs to be read to complete the program?

A certificate is available to print once you read 1600 minutes and a free book can be selected from a cart of donated books in the Children's Department once that level has been reached.

Can audiobooks be counted?

Yes, and this is recommended for all readers (especially those who struggle with reading) since the reader is using more than one sense at the same time.  They can see how unfamiliar words are spelled and hear how they are pronounced. 

Can time spent reading a book be counted even if it isn't finished?
For sure! Ten minutes is ten minutes.

Can my child join the program after its official start date?
Yes! And if you can remember any reading that was done after the official start date, you’re welcome to go back and count that.  The earlier you register and start reading, the more likely you are to reach the 1600 point goal.

Can reading that was done before the official start date be counted?
We do ask that you count only reading done within the official dates of the program.

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The Book Of Dares For Lost Friends
by Jane Kelley

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It is a great book that is very good.

Herein Is Love: Exodus
by Nancy E. Ganz

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Excellent commentary and expansion on Exodus. Great way to help tweens and young adults understand this book of the bible.

Wellie Wisher Books
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Fabulous series for young girls. This junior American girl series has a great moral lesson infused into the nature adventure that these 5 friends explore. Innocent and darling - visually delightful.

The Cricket In Times Square
by George Selden

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Love it! Read the whole thing in two and a half days!

Zzz... The most interesting book you'll ever read about sleep
by Trudee Romanek

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Non-fiction: Insightful. May be a great way to help older children read through important information on sleep. Full color.

Peter And The Starcatchers
by Peter Barry

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It is really good!!

Barbie Horse Show Champ
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I liked this book because I like Barbie and horses.

Star Wars Abc-3po Alphabet Book
by Calliope Glass & Caitlin Kennedy

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Engaging, comical, yet educational. A star wars fans perfect educational tool!

Mermaidia
by Mary Man-kong

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This book has too dark of a theme for young children, in my opinion. It's cover looks like a friendly mermaid barbie book, but inside it takes weird, dark twists that I found a little inappropriate for a 4 year old.

The Secret Garden Book
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