many books will you read to your child before Kindergarten? Take the
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge and see how quickly they add
Who can participate?
Any child who has not yet entered Kindergarten can sign up for the program.
How can we get started?
Each time you read with your
child, record the book in your log. Books may be read and recorded
more than once and repetition is a great way to learn, so don't worry if
your child has a favorite that you read over and over!
When the library reopens,
bring your log(s) to the library. Your child will receive a sticker for
each 100-book milestone and a sheet on which to place the stickers.
100 - 400 books: sticker each time you reach the next level of 100
500 books: sticker and small prize
600 - 900 books: sticker each time you reach the next level of 100
1,000 books: sticker and book
How long will it take to complete the program?
You will complete the program at your own pace. If you read one
book per day, you will complete the program in less than three years. If
you read three books per day, you will complete the program in less
than one year.
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1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN
The Library is excited to endorse the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge.
The goal of this program is to promote literacy and instill a life-long
love of reading in your child. The concept is simple: read 1,000 books
(any books) to your infant, toddler, or preschooler before she/he starts
How it works:
- Start: Register your child, ages 0-5, at the library to receive instructions and a reading log.
- Read: Any book -- new books or repeat books. If you read just 1 book a night
to your child, they will have heard approximately 365 books in one year,
730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in three years.
- Track: Each time you read a book with your child, record it in the reading log or app. All books count, even story time titles.
- Celebrate: Mark each milestone. Upon completion, your child will be presented with a certificate.
For more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge and reading suggestions, talk to a staff member.
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