Reading Across Broward
READING ACROSS BROWARD
The Superintendent’s Reading Motivation Project
Frequently Asked Questions
What is READING ACROSS BROWARD?
In an effort to motivate Broward students to incorporate reading into their daily lives and foster a lifelong habit of reading, the Superintendent’s Reading Motivation Project was instituted. This program is voluntary for schools and for students. We are pleased to announce that the BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY and the SUN-SENTINEL are Partners in Education to READING ACROSS BROWARD, supporting the program in its efforts to encourage children to read.
How does READING ACROSS BROWARD work?
Efforts of the READING ACROSS BROWARD program include a web site and other outreach products and events that aim to inspire Broward County’s youth to immerse themselves in reading. In addition, students who read and record titles of a specified number of books between April 1st of one year and March 31st of the following year will receive special recognition.
What books must I read?
Elementary school students must read books and record them on the appropriate READING ACROSS BROWARD Reading Record Sheet. The Level 1 sheet is for those children reading picture books; the Level 2 sheet is for readers of intermediate or “chapter books.” Middle and high school students may read any books that interest them and list them on their Reading Record Sheet. Books may be selected in any combination of the following ways:
- books from recognized bibliographies;
- Reading Rainbow books (elementary grades), Florida Reading Award (kindergarten through second grades), Sunshine State Young Readers Award books (third through eighth grades), and Broward Teen Readers’ Choice Award books (high school);
- any award-winning books, such as Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, International Reading Association, and American Library Association Award books; and/or
- students’ choices from recommendations by library media specialists, public librarians, teachers, reading specialists, parents, or guardians.
How many books must I read?
The number of books required for recognition in the program depends on three factors: the level of the books being read, the grade level of the student, and the award level desired.
Level 1 =
Picture book readers
Participation Award (25-49 books)
Silver Award (50-74 books)
Gold Award (75-99 books)
Superintendent's Honor Roll (100 or more books, including 5 award)
Level 2 =
Chapter book readers
Participation Award (10-25 books)
Silver Award (26-34 books)
Gold Award (35-49 books)
Superintendent's Honor Roll (50 or more books, including 5 award)
Level 3 =
Middle and high school students
Participation Award (5-9 books)
Silver Award (10-19 books)
Gold Award (20-29 books)
Superintendent's Honor Roll (30 or more books OR 20 books in 5 genres*)
(* Examples of genres include: realistic fiction, humorous fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, occult, romance, westerns, myths, fairy tales, legends, biography, history, sports, and nonfiction.)
What if my public school does not participate in READING ACROSS BROWARD?
A public school student who chooses to participate in the program should speak to his school’s library media specialist, the reading specialist, or a school administrator who will assist in directing the student to the appropriate person. If a READING ACROSS BROWARD Coordinator is needed from outside of the school, call the Learning Resources Department of The School Board of Broward County, Florida (754-321-3320).
What if my child attends private school or is home schooled?
We encourage all students to read for the fun of it, and are able to provide copies of the Reading Record Sheets on which to record the titles of the books that the students read. Unfortunately, though, we cannot provide the certificate, which is printed by the Sun-Sentinel, a Partner in Education to READING ACROSS BROWARD.
What if I am already participating in another reading motivation program?
Students participating in BookIt!, Sunshine State Young Readers Award, Florida Reading Award, Broward Teen Readers’ Choice Award, BookIt!, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR), Accelerated Reader, Scholastic Reading Counts, or any other reading motivation programs, may count the books read for those programs toward the READING ACROSS BROWARD program as well.
How do the Florida Reading Award, Sunshine State Young Readers Award, and Broward Teen Readers’ Choice Award fit in?
In addition to above, current nominees as well as previous years’ winners may be listed on the Reading Record Sheets as “Award Books.”
How does BookIt! fit in?
BookIt!, a national reading incentive program developed by Pizza Hut for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, provides immediate rewards throughout the school year as students work to achieve their final READING ACROSS BROWARD awards in the spring. The purpose of both programs is to motivate students to read beyond their daily reading assignments. Classroom teachers and students in participating schools set individual goals each month for the BookIt! program. Each student reaching the goal will be rewarded with a certificate for a free Pizza Hut personal pan pizza.
What else do I have to know?
- While it is preferred that students read at home and share literature with their families, teachers are also encouraged to read to their classes and record the books read. Such reading does count toward the students’ attainment of the award levels.
- Credit will only be given for reading a book and/or listening to a book read aloud in its entirety. Viewing television, film, or video adaptations of books are excellent complements to literature appreciation, but are not a substitute for reading the books and cannot be counted.
- Students are encouraged to discuss their books with a parent, guardian, or teacher.
- Book titles may be listed only once and in only one category, including “Free Choice.” An award book may be used in either the “Award Book” category or in the category in which it fits best.
- If the public library card number is recorded, one extra credit may be used in a category of the student’s choice.
- If any section of the newspaper is read regularly by the student, one extra credit may be used in a category of the student’s choice.
How do I verify that I read the books?
The Reading Record Form available at each school should be signed by the student and a parent, guardian, or teacher before it is returned by mid-April to the school’s READING ACROSS BROWARD Coordinator. The signatures will serve as verification that the information provided is accurate.
When is my Reading Record Form due?
The deadline for return of the Reading Record Form is usually in mid-April. This early ending of each year’s program allows time for the Sun-Sentinel to print certificates for those participants who have earned them.
What do I get for participating?
The most important reward for reading is the satisfaction of entering the kingdom of books. Students meet people they might otherwise never know, visit places they might never see in person, and experience events they might never encounter. In addition, certificates will be awarded in June to all public school students who participate. A nation’s economic development, health and adult literacy are directly related to reading. In a 31-nation study of basic reading skills, students in the United States ranked near the top. According to Alan Purves, education professor at the State University of New York, “It’s not necessarily whether you’re richer, it’s whether the kids’ families have more books or not.”