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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.

Book Reviews
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Box Turtle At Long Pond
by William T. George

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This book is a very appropriately illustrated and narrated explanation of box turtles and their habitats for elementary ages. My 4-11 year olds were all grossly captivated by it. We are currently in a science unit studying Amphibians and this book helped bring alive some of the details they have been discovering.

Sassafras The True Confessions of a Poodle Princess
by Lynn Hirshfield

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My daughter loved the book about the royal dog that was pink with a pink playground. It was glittery and fun. My son trooped along with it. :)

Fancy Nancy Fanciest Doll In The Universe
by Jane O'Connor

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Always a hit with my daughter. My only drawback to this series is the main character seems to whine a bit more than I appreciate. The author doesn't intend it to be in a tantrum way, but still it comes off as a character trait that is unappealing.

Ancient Egypt And Her Neighbors By Lorene Lambert
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We are learning so much from this book! Pair it with the visual aids by simplycharlottemason and your children will love this way of learning about Egyptian rulers and how the cultural mannerisms developed.

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.

Ancient Egypt And Her Neighbors By Lorene Lambert
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Wow! Looking to excite your children about Ancient Egypt? Look no further. My children hang on every word. We generally do a chapter a week and then study the civilization that it mentions in that chapter for a week. My kids devour this and get excited when I pull it off the shelf.

Ancient Egypt And Her Neighbors By Lorene Lambert
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We are learning so much from this book! Pair it with the visual aids by simplycharlottemason and your children will love this way of learning about Egyptian rulers and how the cultural mannerisms developed.

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.

Flora's Blanket
by Debi Gliori

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Too cute!

Good Morning, Chick
by Mirra Ginsburg

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Great primary reader. Bold, simple pictures, easy to depict. Simplistic subject matter and plot development for preschool and younger.
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