1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten provides parents and caregivers with a fun and exciting way to get kids ready for kindergarten. The most important thing is to read aloud every day. This will give children the skills and tools they need to be ready to read in kindergarten and be more successful in school.

It’s so easy to get started… just stop in at the library and see Mrs. Flynn or Mrs. Allen for a packet. It contains lots of information to help you on your reading journey and the reading record for the first 100 books.

If you read …

  • 1 book a day for 3 years… it’s 1,095 books!
  • 10 books a week for 2 years… 1,040 books!
  • 3 books a day for 1 year… 1,095 books!

Prizes will be awarded for the first 100 books and other important milestone totals. Just come to the library with your completed reading record and see the children’s services staff for your prize. You can also pick up the next packet of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten materials.

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with families and friends (and at the library) are also great ways to help children get ready to read.

  • Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills
  • Singing – which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivities to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language). Skills: alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and vocabulary
  • Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills
  • Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills
  • Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills