Read Virginia

Winter Reading Program

Western meadowlarkWelcome to the Library of Virginia’s 2018 Winter Reading Program.  This program beginning in February (I Love to Read month) and ending  on March (in celebration of both Dr. Seuss’ s birthday and National Read Across America Day).  It is designed for children from birth through 5 years of age, and gives libraries an opportunity to showcase the important role they can play as facilitators of early literacy development for families and caregivers with infants and preschool aged children.  LVA provides the following supportive materials:


  • Reading logs/Sticker sheets
  • Stickers
  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Certificates of Completion

All materials are bilingual in both English and Spanish.  Additional program incentives are not considered necessary and are left to the discretion of each individual library.

Beginning in 2018 the Library of Virginia will also be offering a online school readiness program.  This program encourages caring adults to read 1,000 books before kindergarten and do 1,000 activities before kindergarten.

The 2018 Winter Reading Program will feature artwork from by Jiaqi Zhou features the grassland biome.

The grassland biome is large and covers 25 percent of the Earth’s surface. Well named, this biome (also known as the prairie) consists mostly of grasses with a few scattered trees.

As a result of latitude, soil, and climate variances, there are two different kinds of prairies: tall-grass prairies and short-grass prairies. In the tropical grassland biome, the grasses tend to be taller because of the constant warm weather and additional rainfall. Sometimes these grasses can grow up to as high as 11 feet! There are two seasons in the temperate grassland: the growing season and the dormant season. Due to the cold climate during the dormant season, the plants stop growing.

The grassland biome contains more than 80 species of mammals (including prairie dogs, bison, badgers, antelopes, foxes) 300 species of birds, and hundreds of different species of plants. Due to human activity (especially overgrazing), however, the ecosystems in the grassland biome and many grassland-dependent species are in danger.

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