Educators, researchers and librarians across the country acknowledge that reading skills begin at birth. They also recognize that parents are a child’s first and best teacher. To help parents ensure that their young children start on the pass to success, the Library is offering a free early literacy program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts school.
The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless. Reading to young children is vital to developing literacy skills. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and creates life-long memories for the both of you.
It may sound hard to read 1,000 books, but it really isn’t. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think.
Make it even more fun and read as a family. All children can participate, from birth until they enter kindergarten. The self-paced program depends on how often you read together. It will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. If you are able to, keep a record of any book that is read to your child, including those read by teachers, siblings, grandparents and other relatives.
Pick up a registration form and reading logs at the Children’s Desk or download from the 1,000 Books link on the Library’s home page.
- The first 50 children who hear or read 100 books will receive a free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten t-shirt.
- Children will receive a free book for every 100 books they hear or read.
- Children who complete 200 books in a year will be invited to a special event at the Library.
We also encourage parents and guardians to explore the green Literacy Plan tab on the Library’s website for early reading tips and online literacy tools for children and parents.