Mission: Read

Here's how it works
Follow these easy steps
500 Days of Reading prize
Resources
Tips for inspiring young readers
What parents need to know

One massive goal. One day at a time.

  • An out-of-this-world reading program for K-3rd graders with prizes. 
  • Help children learn to love reading and meet new Read by Grade Three requirements. 
  • Every completer wins a book and a new e-reader! 
  • Visit any KDL Branch to sign up then prepare for blast off!

Here's how it works

Mission: Read helps beginning readers in kindergarten through third grade read at grade level and advance to fourth grade.

We're inviting young, beginning readers (kindergarten through third grade) to come with us on a trip that's out of this world! The mission is to read for 1,000 days before 6th grade. 1,000 days sounds like a lot—and it is—but Mission: Read makes it fun!

Readers will never be told what books to read and never have to set a timer. At the end of every day, they simply ask themselves, “Hey, did I read today?” If the answer is yes, they fill in a circle in their journal. Just like that, they'll be one day closer to the 1,000 day goal! They'll learn how easy it is to read every day and how it makes them a better reader. When reading becomes a daily habit, so many things become easier and more fun!

Mission: Read can also be done online via Beanstack. Sign up and participate via the Beanstack website, opens a new window or their app (Android, opens a new window | iOS, opens a new window).

Follow these easy steps

Beginning in January, sign up at any of these public libraries:

Receive a reading log and a solar system poster. For each day of reading, color in a circle on the reading log. Any reading during the day counts.

After reading for 100 days, come to the library for a planet sticker. Make sure to come back every 100 days of reading to get another sticker—collect the entire solar system of planets.

After 500 days, pick out a free book to keep (see next section).

And finally, after 1,000 days, receive a e-reader!

500 Days of Reading prize

Readers who hit 500 days get to pick one title from the choices below for their reading prize:

New Kid by Jerry Craft

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

Lexile: 320

 

My Family Adventure by Jacqueline Jules

My Family Adventure by Jacqueline Jules

In this compilation of four separately published books, Sofia Martinez, her sisters and her cousins cope with the everyday problems of a happy Hispanic American family.

Lexile: 360

 

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Created by George and Harold, the irrepressible part-dog, part-human hero embarks on a crimefighting career involving dastardly crooks and scampering squirrels.

Lexile: 390

 

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

Lexile: 450

 

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, nononsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.

Lexile: 490

 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circusthemed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Lexile: 570

 

Battle Royale: 5 books in 1! by Jerry Pallotta

Battle Royale: 5 books in 1! by Jerry Pallotta

Five of the most popular books in the Who Would Win? series includes Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil, Rhino vs. Hippo, Alligator vs. Python, Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark and Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor.

Lexile: 590

 

Resources

Booster Packs

  • Each KDL Booster Pack, opens a new window contains books, educational games and activities to engage young readers in a fun way while building their reading skills. These are available at all KDL branches.

Check availability of Booster Packs in the KDL catalog

General book and activity lists

Click to download English/español PDF.

Phonemic awareness
Books and activities for phonemic awareness

Mission: Read! Phonemic Awareness

List created by KDL_EarlyLiteracy

This group of books provides practice in phonemic awareness, a reading skill that helps kids hear the sounds in words. Usually these book have a strong rhythm or rhyme and let kids predict the words that will come next.

A classic that is easy to read and memorize. Older kids might love reading this to younger siblings - the picture support is also really helpful for developing readers.

Lots of Dr. Seuss books are great for phonemic awareness - even with all of the silly words. You can adapt this style of talking if you're up for it. Kids love being silly!

Sweet book and illustrations - this author has quite a few, all with rhymes that are easy to read.

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Phonics
Books and activities for phonics

Mission: Read! Phonics

List created by KDL_EarlyLiteracy

This list is designed to help kids improve their understanding of phonics, one of the components of reading. Phonics is used when kids understand that letters have sounds. Explore all areas of reading development on our missionread.org page including programs, activities, and book lists that support your child's skills in reading.

This series (part of A Pig in a Wig series) has multiple words that have different beginning letters. This is a great way to point out changing sounds and develop skills in phonics.

This cute and funny book has a higher sense of humor that your child might love. Check it out along with other stories from the series Books that Drive Kids Crazy. Some kids love them - but they can also drive kids crazy.

This is a great beginner book for kids who are just learning to read and need a lot of small words that can be pieced together based on their sounds.

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Fluency
Books and activities for fluency

Mission: Read! Fluency

List created by KDL_EarlyLiteracy

This list provides books that support kids develop fluency. Fluency is the ability to read a text smoothly. Learn more about our reading program, activities, and strategies that support this skill at www.missionread.org.

A great rhyming book about a monster playing with friends.

Learning animals in the bayou as you repeat all lots of words and sounds.

This is a great book that builds on the words to make longer sentences - great reinforcement for the new words kids learn as they go along and read this book.

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Vocabulary
Books and activities for vocabulary

Mission:Read! Vocabulary

List created by KDL_EarlyLiteracy

This list is composed of books that will help your child develop a wider vocabulary, which helps them understand what their reading and is a component or reading development. Enjoy these books that have a wide variety of words!

This award winning book has beautiful illustrations and vocabulary associated with family.

One great way to add cultural vocabulary is to include books that have less familiar words about family traditions. This one is perfect!

What could you find for show and tell that no one has ever seen? This imaginative book is filled with this kind of quest and might get your conversations started at home!

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Comprehension
Books and activities for comprehension

Mission: Read! Comprehension

List created by KDL_EarlyLiteracy

This list is aimed at helping kids understand more about what they read as they're reading it. The skill of comprehension is really important in reading development. Learn more about ways to support and develop this skill through www.missionread.org.

This story has a strong story line, which can help kids pick out the important parts and details in a story.

This book focuses on a couple of different endings at the end of the book - a great one to think about different ways that stories can be told. If you want to extend the concept, pause any book that has a strong storyline and ask... how do you think this book should end?

A bao is a steamed bread roll - learn this and other vocabulary words that add lots of understanding contextual clue practice in this book!

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Tips for inspiring young readers

How to find great books

  • Choose books that the reader is interested in.
  • Check out different areas of the library. Try non-fiction, fiction, audiobooks, graphic novels or magazines.
  • It's okay to reread a favorite book.
  • It's okay to read books that are above or below the usual reading level.
  • Ask a librarian for suggestions.
  • If a book isn't enjoyable, put it aside and try another. Books from the library are free to check out and there's no penalty for not finishing a book.

Becoming an expert reader

  • It's okay to reread favorite books and poems.
  • Kids can read to a grown up, a pet or favorite stuffed animal.
  • Kids (and grown ups) are never too old to have stories read to them.
  • Choose a chapter book and read to beginning readers before bed. The library has lots of audiobooks for listening anywhere and on the go.
  • Ask a librarian. We know lots of activities to help boost reading skills.
  • Want to strengthen reading? Keep reading!

What parents need to know

The Read by Grade Three law requires that all students in kindergarten through third grade are tested three times each school year. Schools will help students who are not reading at their grade level. Teachers will give parents an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) and a Read at Home Plan. The IRIP includes five different reading skills:

At the end of third grade, all students will be tested with the M-Step reading assessment. If their score is too low, they may not move to the fourth grade.

Mission: Read resources include:

  • A reading incentive program for young readers, designed to build a love of reading
  • Activity lists with books and activities that grow the five different reading skills
  • Expert librarians who can help parents find resources and learn reading tips

About Partners in Reading Success

Mission: Read is an initiative of Partners in Reading Success, a collaboration between Grand Rapids Public Library, Kent District Library, Literacy Center of West Michigan and Kent ISD. The group was formed to help parents and their children understand and accomplish the new 3rd grade reading requirements. Their objectives include boosting children’s reading skills and love for reading, finding the right books for children and helping parents understand their child’s Individualized Reading Improvement Plan.

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