1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

1000bookspageThe Northern Resource Center has a new challenge for you. Can you read 1,000 books to your child before they hit kindergarten? Yes, it does sound and look like a big number, but look at it this way: if you read 3 books a day for a year you’ve read 1,095 books! 1 book a day and you’ll finish in less than 3 years. You can do it! Children’s book author and literacy advocate, Mem Fox, says “Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.” So start early and read often!

Research shows that young children start learning to read way before they enter school. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative was designed to help parents prepare their children for their first big academic milestone: kindergarten. The program helps promote pre-literacy and learning skills so children enter school ready to read, listen, and learn. In the process you are also exposing your child to a wide range of literature and spending more time together.

How to participate:

  • Stop by the Northern Resource Center in Belton, sign up, and receive your first reading log
  • Keep track of how many books you read on your reading log
  • When you finish a reading log, bring it back to the library and receive the next level reading log and sticker!

There’s even a free 1000 Books B4K iPhone app to make things easier. It’s a great way to track what books you’ve read or want to read. Download it from iTunes.

– Sarah Schlageck, Children’s librarian, Northern Resource Center

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