Did you know that children who are not exposed to books in the first five years of their lives are already behind as soon as they enter kindergarten? Reading is fundamental to a child’s achievement. Reading books to young kids helps develop the language and concept skills needed for educational success.
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one starts kindergarten.
If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read:
- 365 books in a year
- 730 books in two years
- 1,095 books in three years.
If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started)!
This is an ongoing program and only ends when your child begins kindergarten.
– Andrea Koehler
“The thousand books before kindergarten program helped to instill a love of books within my daughter. The program inspired us to develop a nightly ritual of reading and fostered a passion of learning.”
– Jennifer Hoff
“I was thrilled to sign my daughter up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It seemed like such a great opportunity to quantify just how many stories we were reading on a daily basis while also continuing to foster her love of books. She could not wait to go to the library on the weeks where she reached a milestone in her trek toward 1,000. The pride on her face when she would show the librarian her progress was probably only matched by my own pride at watching her blossom into such an engaged and excited little reader.
– Tara Abbott