What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life's big milestones: Kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.
Why should your family participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?
Reading with your child and making it a special time together shows him that reading is valuable and enjoyable. You can start to develop a love of reading in your child from a young age!
Ready to Read
You are your child’s first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn. When you talk, sing, read, write, and play you are helping your child get ready to read!
Through reading aloud, a child:
Develops background knowledge about a variety of topics
Becomes familiar with rich language patterns
Develops familiarity with story structure
Acquires familiarity with the reading process
Identifies reading as a pleasurable activity
Who can participate in this program? Any child who has not yet entered kindergarten.
Can you really expect to read 1,000 books to your child before kindergarten? Yes! Completion will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how often you read.
What books count? Any time your child listens to a whole book it counts! It can be a library book, a book from home, a book read at story time, even an audiobook or e-book. You can even count multiple readings of the same book. Multiple readings help to develop language skills.
How do I register my child? Stop by the circulation desk to sign up and get your first book log. Prizes will be given out for every 50 books read.