RIDGEFIELD — After Battle Ground Public Schools received a large donation of Disney/Hyperion books, the district donated 40 of the boxes to Ridgefield School District libraries.
In addition to being borrowed, there are enough books to give some away as prizes.
At Union Ridge Elementary, the reading incentive program is called Library Ninjas. Ninjas model good library behavior, encouraging students to be stealthy and silent as they seek out books. The program also has an element called “Ninjas Read” that encourages students to read new books each month. A bulletin board outside the library is loaded with brightly colored worksheets showing the students’ reading choices.
The reading incentive program at South Ridge Elementary School is called “Read the Rainbow.” Librarian Emily Crawford encourages students to read books with a cover from each color in the rainbow. After reading their rainbow, students can choose a reward from the prize bin, which includes the new Disney books, a bag of Skittles, or a charm for their book keychains. South Ridge also has a bulletin board full of completed worksheets so students can see what their classmates are reading, and perhaps find a recommendation for the next book they’ll read.
With books from the “A Twisted Tale” series that imagine new adventures for Disney characters like Mulan or Anna and Elsa from “Frozen,” students are getting more excited about reading.