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Mission: Read

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Mission: Read - One massive goal. One day at a time.

Here's how it works
Follow these easy steps
500 Days of Reading prize
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 or their app (Android | iOS).

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 JulesMy 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 MaDog Man by Dav Pilkeyn 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 DiCamilloMercy 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 ClantonNarwhal: 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 ApplegateThe 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 PallottaBattle 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



Booster Packs

  • Each KDL Booster Pack 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

Books and activities for phonics

Books and activities for fluency

Books and activities for vocabulary

Books and activities for comprehension

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.