Get ready for the challenge!
How do we get started?
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is free and easy. Sign up online through Beanstack or inside the library at the Kids Library desk. Next, read to your child at home, at the library, anywhere. Keep track of the books you read in Beanstack or with a paper log sheet. When you finish reading 100 books, visit the Kids Library to receive a special reward. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get it ready for you. Your child will continue to receive a special reward for each 100 books read.
How can I POSSIBLY read 1000 books with my child?
1000 books before kindergarten sounds like a lot. However, it’s not as hard as you think. If you read one book a day, you’ll finish 1095 books in three years. Or if you read three books a day, you’ll finish in less than a year. Finally, a newborn baby has about 2000 days before starting kindergarten.
Is this REALLY important?
Yes! Research shows that reading to your child is the most reliable predictor of school success. Reading will:
- Teach pre-literacy skills
- Build vocabulary
- Foster problem-solving
- Create bonds between child and reader
- Encourage life long reading habits
We’re here to help. Visit the library often to check out books and participate in programs. Review our lists of amazing books to keep your reading interesting. We would also love to visit with you to make specific book recommendations.