Reading Rainbow

What is Reading Rainbow? 

Reading Rainbow is an optional reading incentive program designed to motivate and reward students for reading a variety of books.  Students will not receive a grade for participating, and participation is not required.


How does it work? 

After students receive a Rainbow card, they may begin reading books from the categories…it’s like a scavenger hunt.  When the entire card is filled a parent/guardian AND teacher must sign the bottom of the card.  The card should then be returned to the library.  Each time a student completes a card; he/she will receive a Dog tag and prize, plus advance to the next level.  Remember, each Rainbow card must be kept at least 3 weeks and worked on only during the allotted time for each card.  If students do not participate starting with the red card then they will not be permitted to participate in the other 5 colors.


Why are there specific reading categories on the card?  Listing reading categories serves two purposes:  it encourages students to use the library catalog to find different kinds of books, and it encourages them to read books about a wide variety of topics.  You never know when you’ll find something new to read that you never thought you’d enjoy!


Other Important Information

  • You may read the books on your card in any order and choose any title that fits the categories.  The books may come from any source (school or public library, book fair, classroom, friends, home, etc.).

  • Each grade has different book categories.

  • There are six levels (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple).  You may not skip levels, and must complete them in order.

  • Any book read by or to the student, may count.  (Even older students like to be read to every now and again.)

  • Books read in class, by teachers, the librarian, for class assignments, or in a book club may also count.

  • The program ends Friday, May 1, 2020; no cards will be accepted after this date. 

  • Your card must be completely full and contain a parent/guardian AND teacher’s signature.  Partially completed and/or unsigned cards will not count.

  • Turn your card in at the FLC library to get the next level Rainbow card. 

  • You may turn in cards early so you don’t panic toward the end.



  • Be sure to start the card for the grade level you are in now.

  • You may not count any book twice…even on different cards.

  • Ask Mrs. Manning if you have any questions.

  • See FLC Library website for lists of the following:  Newberry Award winners, Caldecott Award winners, Battle of the Books, Bluebonnet Books, and other Award winning books.

  • Have fun!!


Due Dates and Prizes 2019-2020      **These are the FINAL dates each card will be accepted.

  • Red: Friday, October 11, 2019 – Dog tag

  • Orange: Friday, November 22, 2019 – Dog tag and mini eraser

  • Yellow: Friday, January 10, 2020– Dog tag and pencil

  • Green: Friday, February 14, 2020 – Dog tag and 3D bookmark

  • Blue: Friday, March 20, 2020 – Dog tag and book

  • Purple: Friday, May 1, 2020 – Dog tag and invitation to the Purple People Party


If you would like your child to participate in this program, please fill out the bottom of this sheet and return it to your homeroom teacher. No student will be allowed to participate without a signed permission slip.