We love reading! Every week we go to our library and pick out a new batch of books to add to Norah’s list of 1000 books before kindergarten.
The 1000 Books before Kindergarten program
The 1000 books before kindergarten program encourages parents to read 1000 books to their children before they start school. The program promotes pre-literacy and literacy initiatives as well as family bonding.
Though the goal of 1000 books may seem huge, it’s very doable!
Why you should participate in 1000 Books before Kindergarten
Reading to your child strengthens their language skills and builds their vocabulary. Did you know that by three years old, a child from a low-income family will have heard 30 million fewer words than a child from a professional family? In addition, one in three American children start kindergarten without the skills needed to learn to read. Two-thirds of children can’t read proficiently by the end of third grade.
Reading to your child is a great way to prepare them for future success. If your family doesn’t have the means to purchase books, that’s no problem. Search for your local library and become a member, it’s free!
Reading aloud to children promotes brain development and helps build important language, literacy and social skills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to your child daily from infancy.
In addition to the educational benefits, reading to your child helps build a nurturing relationship and develops their self-esteem.
How you can participate in 1000 Books before Kindergarten
To participate, you only need to make time to read to your child each day. The sooner you start, the better!
If you start at one year old, reading 4 books per week = 1,060 books by kindergarten
If you start at two years old, reading 1 book per day = 1,095 books by kindergarten
If you start at three years old, reading 2 books per day = 1,460 books by kindergarten
If you start at four years old, reading 3 books per day = 1,095 books by kindergarten
Most children’s books take less than 10 minutes to read. Even if you start when your child is older, you’ll only need to spend about 30 minutes per day reading. That’s the length of one TV show! If you replace one episode of your child’s favorite show with three books, you’ll be supporting their development and your relationship.
Reading doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Taking your child to story hour at the library counts too!
Find out more about 1000 books before kindergarten
Each library decides whether to participate in the program. Find a participating library in your area. If your library is not currently participating, you can suggest the program to a librarian or the library director.
My local library supports this awesome program. They recognize children who complete 1000 books before kindergarten by adding their name to a poster on the wall and giving them a prize. They also provide a notebook to record books read.
If your library doesn’t participate, you can do this initiative on your own by recording the books read on paper or in a Google document. If your child reaches 1000 books, you could take them out for dinner or buy them something special to celebrate the achievement. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to read to your child on a daily basis to set them up for success.