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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, adults — everyone!  Children too young to read by themselves are welcome to participate by having a parent or caretaker sign them up and read to them.  Online Registration is only for teens this year.

Can I count books that I read on my computer or e-reader?
Of course! It’s all the same to us.

Can I count time that I spend reading to kids?
For sure! We love when you read to kids!

Can I count audiobooks?
You bet!

Can I count the time that I spend reading a book even if I don’t finish it?
Absolutely! Ten minutes is ten minutes.

Can I join the program after its official start date?
You bet! And if you can remember any reading that you’ve done after the official start date, you’re welcome to go back and count that.

Can I count reading that I’ve done before the official start date?
Actually, we do ask that you count only reading you’ve done within the official dates of the program.

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Miss Laney is Zany!
by Dan Gutman

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The kids are trying to save money so they can save the school and raise money so they can get the monkey bars back. They're selling cookies to raise money.

The Incredible Journey
by Sheila Burnford

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The book is about 3 animals letter sent to a farm because their family is leaving out of town the dogs and cat escaped from the farm only to get lost in the wilderness. Chance plays with a porcupine and gets quill stuck in his face. Sassy gets lost in the river. The two get rescued when they find each other and are sent home to the family. But when Shadow doesn't return Peter is worried finally when the family gets their pets back Shadow turns up limping because he is hurt and Peter so excited and runs to him

Miss Laney is Zany!
by Dan Gutman

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The principal tells Miss Laney that she is now fired. Miss Laney does a television show where you eat bugs and wins money. She pays money so the school can stay open.

The Longest Night
by Andria Williams

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It is currently 9:30 in the morning when I write this, and, I couldn't sleep all night, so I finished this book. Slept a lot during the day yesterday and drank a lot of coffee with two packets of sugar. Long nights are common for me, but I'm thrilled that I managed to finish the last 180 pages in a single night! I have no regrets. This book starts with a long night, and they just don't let up. Paul is working at a nuclear reactor in Idaho, a prototype that the military trained him for. Of course shift-work is part of the job, he often works overnight, in the mornings, and in the afternoons. He works around the clock just to support his family. The people he works for are assholes, he has to catch a bus to and from work 50 miles away, and on top of it all, just as he gets some big news, the army ships him out to Greenland to work on a new reactor. 'Because there was no dirt on the ice cap, they dumped all the waste onto a section of ice they called "the Shitberg." He claimed that in one hundred years or so the Shitberg would detach from it's glacier and land in Scandinavia like a grotesque tall ship from the days of the explorers.' The climax was not great. I generally love these kinds of books, slices of life mixed with a lot of struggle. The longest night, as the title implies, isn't totally extraordinary... I was hoping for a life threatening heroic feat from Esrom, who is a firefighter. I was hoping that I would cry at the end, but I didn't. "The glitch, the design flaw that would be improved upon in later reactors based on this one, was that while the number nine was the emergency brake for the whole reactor, there was no emergency brake for the number nine. . . . It could make the reactor go supercritical, reaching two thousand degrees in less than a second." ????????????/5

Moon A Peek Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup

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A fun rhyming story about animals and the moon.

Miss Laney is Zany!
by Dan Gutman

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The school is about to shut down forever. They are starting to get rid of things at the school like the math teacher's desk it'll take a million dollars to save the school.

Dog Man (Captain Underpants: Dog Man #1)
by Dav Pilkey

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The book was about Dog Man who was a police officer and trying to arrest Petey trying to blow Dog Man and his dog.

Gather The Fortunes
by Bryan Camp

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"This is as far as I go, I only show you the Gate. It's up to you to walk through. You've been on this path your whole life. This is just the next step." The thing that killed me had wings, she thought. 'Storms could only do what was in their nature.' Gather the Fortunes is the second Crescent City novel, it's just been released and was featured in the review pages of one of my Publisher's Weekly magazines. I'm glad this one stuck out to me, it had a lot of really fascinating things to say about life and death. This book is chock full of neat quotes that I had to resist putting in this review. Everything about this book is badass. This is Miriam Black done right. 'destiny could neither be created nor destroyed, and that made it precious.' And people say fate doesn't have a sense of humor. What people didn't understand about voodoo as a religion was that it was nothing like the movies. Deep down, it was a faith based on respect: for one's ancestors, for one's community, for this world and the next and one's place in it. You asked the spirits for help, but you abided by their answer Renaissance Raines, Renai, is a psychopomp. She was just a living girl working for the voodoo queen of New Orleans in the first novel. After being sucked through eternity like a ragdoll, she is left with a duality and an inner storm to control, half of herself in the realm of the dead, and the other half guiding the dead through their afterlife. I thought this was one of the coolest protagonists I've read about, she's a kicking ass black chick from Louisiana with an enchanted black leather jacket that keeps her invisible. She goes through hell, literally, and keeps her head up to unravel the mystery of Ramses St. Cyr, a teenage subterfuge who skipped his death hour. 'Before we came from the earth we came from water, and so it is always water that we must cross from this life into the next.' "Same reason the scorpion stings the frog," she said. "It's my nature." 'The only thing Death has never been is lonely.' ??????????

Dog Man (Captain Underpants: Dog Man #1)
by Dav Pilkey

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The book was about Dog Man who was a police officer and trying to arrest Petey trying to blow Dog Man and his dog.

Why, Fly Guy?
by Tedd Arnold

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Fly Guy answers questions about teeth, why do skunks stink? Why do elephants have trunks? Bacteria love to eat garbage and how it is decomposed
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