Books and Beyond is an exciting recreational reading program designed to increase parent/guardian involvement in their children’s reading and to build literacy skills. In the Books and Beyond Program, students, teachers, and school staff participate in a read-a-thon that generates excitement and creates a community of readers. Students select their own reading materials on any subject they wish and in any language. All reading counts! This includes reading aloud, either by or to the child. As classes read, the total number of minutes is recorded. The class with the most minutes read per month is announced during morning announcements. Additionally, prizes are given to all participants each month. The West Long Branch Foundation for Education sponsors this program.