1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Why read 1,000 Books?

A parent is a child’s first teacher and as such, parents can help children acquire pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten.  The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.  When you register your child for the 1,000 Before Kindergarten program, you will receive a folder which includes your first reading log, 100 stickers, milestone information, and helpful tips to make reading with your child a great activity for both of you.

Why is it important to read to your child?

Research suggests that reading to your child is the best way to help your child get ready to read.  When you read to your child, you are helping him/her to increase vocabulary and knowledge. Children who are read to will develop early literacy skills that will help them become better readers once they begin school.  Children who start kindergarten ready to read have an advantage and will have greater success in their school years.

How does it work?

• Sign up your child at the Kidspace Desk or fill out our online registration form
• Any child under five (not yet enrolled in Kindergarten) can participate in this program.
• Use your reading logs to record 100 books at a time. Visit the library each time you complete 100 books; you will receive the next reading logs and your child will receive a small prize.
• When you have reached 1,000 books, your child will receive a final prize and an invitation to the party.

What books count?

• Books read during a Storytime or any other program offered at the library.
• Books may be read more than once and recorded.
• Books you have at home.
• Books with CD.
• Books read on an iPad or e-reader.
• Books read at day care or preschool.

How long does it take to reach 1,000 books?

• 1 book per day x 3 years = 1,095 books
• 10 books per week x 2 years = 1,040 books
• 3 books per day x 1 year = 1,095 books

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