A 1,000 Day Reading Challenge has Landed in Kent County

Mom of a third grader here! And if you have a kid in elementary school too, I’m sure you’re no stranger to Reading Programs. They help us parents keep our kids reading in the summer and in return the kids get cool prizes.

Even after summer is over, my third grader continues to read. From school Book Club to Weekly Reading Logs, there is a whole lot of reading going on — and for good reason.


With the new Read By Grade Three law, third-grade students will take the M-Step reading assessment and if their score is too low, they may not move on to fourth grade.

Schools are taking extra steps to help kids reach their grade reading level and libraries are partnering with teachers and parents, too.


Hennie Vaandrager, Youth Specialist for Kent District Library says, “Librarians get that it’s hard for parents, teachers, and kids. But this is a great opportunity to come together because a community is only as strong as its children.”

And that’s how a cool and massive 1,000-day reading challenge came about from Kent County Public Libraries! Mission: Read is here to pump K-3rd graders up to read each day so that they have the skills to advance to fourth grade.



7 Reasons This Mom Knows You’ll Love Mission: Read

  1. It’s super easy to sign up. You and your K-3rd Grader just need to see a librarian at any Kent County Public Library, including Cedar Springs Public Library, Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, and Sparta Township Library. There are 30 locations to pick from.
  2. No setting timers or only being able to choose specific books. Any reading counts, from reading the back of a cereal box to being read a bedtime story. The goal is to make reading a fun, daily habit!
  3. Cool prizes. Stickers and small prizes every 100 days. Pick out a free book to keep at 500 days. And at the 1,000-day mark: a Tablet Reader and a sit-down with a librarian to get a one-on-one tutorial on how to use it.
  4. Book and Activity Lists (in both English and Espanol) make it simple for you to find books that focus on Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Whether it’s Llama, Llama, Red Pajama to help with Phonemic awareness or Fancy Nancy Easy Readers for working on vocabulary, there are engaging books and games for each grade.
  5. The librarians ROCK! They are approachable and ready to help. Have an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) from your child’s teacher? KDL Librarians have been trained on IRIPs and are ready to take steps to help you and your reader. You can also search on KDL’s online catalog for things like “IRIP Phonemic Awareness” to find books for a particular reading skill.
  6. Special Game Nights for the whole family! KDL Branches are inviting everyone in on the fun at their Mission Read: A Galactic Family Game Nights. Make-and-take activities, prizes, and snacks are fun and FREE.
  7. Two words: Booster Packs. Ready and waiting for you at the KDL Comstock Park Branch (with more KDL branches offering them this summer), these Booster Packs are filled with books, games, and activities to keep challenging kids in a fun and interactive way!

Mission: Accepted…Let’s Read!

Visit any Kent County Library to get started:

Mission: Read runs year round and is for kids Kindergarten – 3rd Grade.

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