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Growing Readers

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Learning to read should begin before your child enters Kindergarten?
  • The best way to encourage your child to read is for you to read to him or her?
  • Families who read together improve their children’s vocabulary?
  • Children with larger vocabularies become better readers?

Growing Readers is a free & self-paced program.  It’s easy to participate – and the rewards are priceless. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Download the Growing Readers “how to join” instruction sheet

#1 | Register your little reader by calling a branch, signing up on READsquared, or filling out this Google form. You can then call us to make an appointment to pick up a Growing Readers bag. The welcome bag includes your first free book.

#2 | Track every time a book is read to your child. You can do this one of two ways: 

Sign up online via the READsquared website or the free app for Android and for IOS devices.

OR, use a paper tracker. These are supplied in your Growing Readers bag. There is one tracker for every 50 books read, from the first book to the one-thousandth book. You can download and print the paper trackers from here:

Tracker #1 (books 1-50)  Tracker #2 (books 51-100)  Tracker #3 (books 101-150)  Tracker #4 (books 151-200)  

Tracker #5 (books 201-250)  Tracker #6 (books 251-300)  Tracker #7 (books 301-350)  Tracker #8 (books 351-400) 

Tracker #9 (books 401-450)  Tracker #10 (books 451-500)  Tracker #11 (books 501-550)  Tracker #12 (books 551-600)

Tracker #13 (books 601-650)  Tracker #14 (books 651-700)  Tracker #15 (books 701-750)  Tracker #16 (books 751-800)

Tracker #17 (books 801-850)  Tracker #18 (books 851-900)  Tracker #19 (books 901-950)  Tracker #20 (books 951-1,000)

#3 | Earn prizes for every 100 books read.

# 4 | Complete the program by reading 1,000 books.

*Be sure to sign up for the Growing Readers email newsletter when you register for the program!*

 

1,000 SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF BOOKS, BUT IT’S REALLY NOT! 

Here are a few ways you can get to 1,000 books with your little Growing Reader:

Complete the program in 1 year =  Read 3 books every DAY

Complete the program in 3 years = Read 1 book every DAY

Complete the program in 5 years = Read 4 books every WEEK

See?  It’s easy!  

 

READ 2,000 BOOKS & EARN A “SUPER” GROWING READER PRIZE

For all of you out there who have asked to keep going past 1,000 books, there is now a prize for you super readers. If you read to 2,000, you can pick up an adorable Growing Readers t-shirt for your preschooler in a 2T, 3T or 4T size! Please talk to your branch librarian if you have questions about how to become a “super” Growing Reader.

 

BOOK SUGGESTIONS

For Babies

For Toddlers

For Preschoolers

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GROWING READERS