In 1 year 1000 Books Before Kindergarten kids read 36,000 books

Ellie sits in front of bookshelves with a sign about her first day of kindergarten

Ellie lists the library as her favorite place on her first day of kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten recently celebrated its first anniversary. Since September 2020 more than 400 kids registered for the challenge and read more than 36,000 books!

Reading is one of the most important things you can do with your child. Reading together helps build vocabulary, fosters problem solving and encourages life long reading. Learn some of our librarian secrets to make reading to your kids as fun as library storytime.

Nicke Masoner shared her daughter (a 1000 Books participant) Ellie’s love of the library with us. “When I was asking her about her favorites she spontaneously shared that her favorite place is the library,” said Masoner.

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toddler reading a board book and laughing

1000 Books participant Kai is happily practicing using a board book

It’s easy to sign up your infant to 5 year old for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten online through Beanstack. You can keep track of books in Beanstack or on paper. For every 100 books read, your child will receive a reward at the Kids Library desk. Reading a 1000 books before kindergarten sounds like a lot, but just reading one book a day for three years is 1095 books.

Find tips for incorporating reading into your child’s life. All reading counts in 1000 Books including library storytimes your child attends – log those books our storyteller read.

Enjoy some favorites from kids who are registered for the reading challenge. A couple of my favorite books are Puppy Mudge Has a Snack by Cynthis Rylant and Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.

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Luanne Webb – Infant-Preschool Librarian. Through my programs I hope to spark children’s interest in reading and help them get ready for school. When I am not at the library, I enjoy researching my family’s history.