What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?
A free program that encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters kindergarten, a goal experts say will help children learn to read for themselves. Why? Research has shown that families who start reading aloud to children at birth help strengthen the child’s language skills and build their vocabulary. One thousand is a big number, but if you read one book a day, that’s 365 books in a year. Two years would be 730 books, and in three years, you would have read 1,095. Repeats always count as do books read at storytime or by grandparents, older siblings, etc. By keeping track of books read to your child, you’ll create a keepsake to look back on of their early years — and a way to know that you really did read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus aloud 42 times!
All families with children who have not yet started kindergarten can participate–even newborns. Kids will receive books and incentives on their 1,000 book journey, and will be added to our library’s 1,000 books wall of fame when they reach their goal.
To get started, stop by the Children’s Room anytime to pick up your reading record and get registered.