Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Everyone! Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, adults — the age doesn't matter. Children too young to read by themselves are welcome to participate by having a parent or caretaker sign them up and read to them.
Can I count books that I read on my computer or e-reader?
Of course! We like reading in all its formats!
Can I count time that I spend reading to my kids?
YES! We love when you read to your kids! You can participate as a family... and when you read the books together, everyone gets to count that time on their reading logs!
Can I count audiobooks?
I'm listening... You bet!
Can I count the time that I spend reading a book even if I don’t finish it?
For teens and adults... Absolutely! Twenty minutes reading is great, no matter if you finish or not. For children, they should finish each age-appropriate book to enter it in their logs.
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 of May 13, 2017, 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 (May 13 - July 31, 2017). The purpose of BUILD A BETTER WORLD! is to encourage reading during the time when school is out. This helps our students avoid the dreaded "Summer Reading Loss"... studies show that students who don't read during the summer often drop a reading level or more when school starts in the fall.