Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we 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 people, places, and animals not in their everyday lives.
They learn how to handle books and love to spend time with loved ones reading. We support this by offering a Preschool summer reading program as well as those for older children.
Who can participate?
Parents can register babies and preschoolers for the Preschool 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 ages 12-18 can register for the Teen program.
What is the goal of the summer reading program?
We want children to make reading a daily habit because they have developed a love for reading and stories.
Can audio books be counted?
Yes, and this is recommended for all readers (especially for families to share a story and for those who struggle with reading). They can hear how unfamiliar words are pronounced and they still hear a story.
Can time be recorded even if a book isn't finished?
Yes - ten minutes of reading is reading.
Can my child join the program after its official start date?
Yes. And if you can remember any reading that was done after school was out, you’re welcome to go back and count that. The earlier you register and start reading, the more likely you are to reach the 1000 point goal.
Can reading that was done before the official start date be counted?
Yes, summer reading started for school children the day they got out of school.