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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GROWING READERS