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  • Reading Counts is a reading incentive program that encourages recreational reading.  Not only do students have the feeling of accomplishment of reading a great book, they they get rewards along the way!
  • There are tests for over 48,000 different titles in the Reading Counts (RC) program.  The Happy Hollow Library has over 7,000 of those titles.  Books with yellow dots on the spine indicate they are a part of the RC program.
  • Inside the front cover of every RC book, a Lexile (explained below) and point value (explained below) is displayed.
  • There are both fiction and non-fiction books on the Reading Counts database.
  • Fiction books include all genres - mystery, science fiction, fantasy, animal fiction, humorous fiction, historical fiction, sports fiction, realistic fiction, adventure fiction.
  • Nonfiction books include biographies, history, poetry, science, folk tales, social issues.
  • After a student read one of the RC books, she/he may take a test on the contents of that book on one of the 12 designated computers in the library.  The test is 10 multiple-choice questions.  80% or better is considered passing.  (The number of questions per test and passing percentage may vary from teacher to teacher.)  Students are given two chances to pass the test on any one book.  The questions are generated at random from a bank of questions.
  • Students earn prizes for every 50 points earned.  The prizes begin at 50 points and continue to 50 point increments until 900.
  • Tests may be taken between 7:45 A.M. and 2:45 P.M. every school day.  (On occasion the library is closed to students after school due to meetings held in that room.)
  • Students can read any book in the library.  No one requires students to choose only Reading Counts books.
  • The list of 51,000 tests may not be open to every student for the purposes of test taking.  Each classroom teacher may have different requirements for each grading period.  A teacher may require a student earn a certain number of points.  A teacher may require a student read a certain number of books.  A teacher may give the students a minimum Lexile and/or point value for each book read.  Check with your child's teacher for her/his expectations.
  • ANY BOOK CAN BE READ BY ANY STUDENT with the understanding that Reading Counts credit may not be given for every book read.