What it is
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program that encourages families to read together. This early exploration of books encourages early literacy skills and helps build a love of reading. This program is a free, ongoing program that can be started any time and can be accomplished at your own speed. All children younger than Kindergarten are welcome to participate. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten and it is easier than it sounds! Yes, you can repeat books (kids love repetition – and they benefit from it too!) and you can count books others read to your child as well. While this may seem like a large goal, it is very doable. Take a look:
1 book per day x 3 years = 1095 books
3 books per day x 1 year = 1095 books
10 books per week x 2 years = 1040 books
Why it’s important
Not only is reading to your child a wonderful way to bond and enjoy time together, but it also provides early literacy skills that will give your child a great head start in school!
- Children that are read to have larger vocabularies by the time they enter Kindergarten and are more successful in school.
- Development of reading skills starts at birth.
- A child’s ability to learn language skills is highest before the age of six.
How to participate
- Go to vermillionlibrary.readsquared.com or stop in/call the library for assistance.
- Log your reading
- Celebrate the milestones with us along the way to 1,000 books! (see below)
As you and your child continue to read and reach each 100 book milestone, your child will receive a sticker and maybe even some other small surprises along the way! Also, as you read, your child’s name will progress along on our reading wall at the library for everyone to see.
Reaching 1000 Books!
Once your child has reached 1000 books, they will have completed the program and will receive:
- Your very own book to keep!
- A 1000 Books Before Kindergarten certificate
- A place on our reading wall, showing you have successfully completed the program
- Your child’s name and/or photo will be shared on our social media and in our newsletter. Please let us know if you would not like your child’s name/photo shared.