Imagine reading 1000 books to your child before Kindergarten! It’s an awesome challenge and can be done by reading just one book a day for 3 years. Children love to be read to and, like potato chips, one story is never enough. It is possible to read 1000 books in a year’s time! Come to a library storytime and your child will hear at least three books and those count towards the 1000. Same is true by attending our Read to A Dog programs. Does your child have a favorite book? Read it twice and it counts as two books. It's the reading that counts and not the specific title. Any children's books that are read to your child count regardless of the title.
Why does this matter? Reading to infants and preschool children increases their brain power – especially their ability to recognize sounds and to match them to letters, words and pictures. Reading to a child also helps establish a bond between the child and parent. This is quality time that has positive effects into the future. It gives the child a more solid foundation to learn at school. Your child starts school ahead of the game.
Sound like something you might be interested in? Sign up only at the Alachua Library Branch in the City of Alachua. You will receive a book bag, sippy cup, and tips for reading to kids. You will also receive three connect the dots pictures to help track the number of books read. Since each book equals one dot and the pictures are completed in numerical sequence, your child also experiences numbers and counting. For each 100 books, your child will have a sticker added to their pennant on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten banner in the children's area. When 1000 books have been read, your child will be presented with a certificate and their picture can be posted on this page.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program created to “promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.” Brochures explaining how the program is offered at the Alachua Library Branch are attached below.
Library Resources about reading to young children:
For a generous list of reviewed books for preschool children, check the goodreads website.
Of course, library staff will be happy to assist you with finding books that match you and your child's interests.
Congratulations to our Thousand Books Readers!