What is it?
100 Books Before Graduation is a reading initiative for teens to read 100 books before they graduate from high school. It’s modeled after 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which gets younger children exposed to books before they begin school.
Countless studies have shown that children and teens who read for pleasure and enjoyment do better academically and socially and see improvement in their emotional health and well-being. Additionally, reading for pleasure:
- Can result in higher test scores
- Improves reading achievement (strong vocabulary, greater use of grammatical structures, and improved writing style)
- Increases social skills
- Reduces stress
- Helps cure boredom
And, of course, at the library we strive to introduce, nourish, and grow a love of reading in the community that we serve.
Who can participate?
Students in the West Babylon School District who are entering 6th grade may begin the program the summer after 5th grade. Those who are already in high school may also participate and challenge themselves to finish 100 books (although in a shorter time).
How does it work?
Those interested in participating simply need to register through the link below.
Record the books you’ve completed along the way. We will keep track for you, and you can always email the Teen Librarians to get an update as to what number you’re at.
At the end, you’ll earn a completion prize, and we will put your name up in the Teen Area for bragging rights!
**Please note: You will also receive monthly emails as a reminder to record your books.
You may not enter books that you have already read. You may only record books that you have finished after your registration date.
What happens when you read 100 books?
Besides being exposed to amazing stories, characters, and authors, and having a sense of accomplishment, all those who complete 100 Books Before Graduation will receive a prize and their name will be put on display at the library.
Teens will receive a prize for every 10 books they read and record!