Reading before and after school DOES counts. Reading before the official beginning (February 22 nd ) of the READ-A-THON does NOT count. Reading after the official ending (March 3 rd ) does NOT count. Reading during class time does NOT count. Being read to by other people DOES count (outside of school, of course). Reading aloud to the dog, the cat, the goldfish, or any other pet DOES count. Reading aloud to other people DOES count. If you read to someone who is also participating in the READ- ATHON, it counts for both of you! Reading under the bed covers, with a flashlight, late at night counts DOES count (but only if it is okay with your parents). Reading to residents of a nursing home (at a nursing home) counts DOUBLE! Reading instead of watching TV or playing video games DOES count. Reading assigned homework DOES count. Reading anything, in any language (even cereal boxes), DOES count.