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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000books1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. 

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

It is an initiative to get parents and caregivers to read to the babies, toddlers, and Pre-K age children in their lives. Reading to a child is great way to bond and create warm memories together. It fosters a fondness for books that can last a lifetime. Early successful language activities, such as sharing stories, contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.  to 

How do we participate?

Parents/caregivers can register online and log their books online using the free ReaderZone app (enter participation code 1b62d) or signup at the LME Library and pick up a reading packet. You can log the same book more than once and if you read to multiple children, it can be logged for all of them.

Each time you read 100 books to your child(ren), show us your ReaderZone achievement screen or bring your log to the library for their reward.

  1. At 100 - 400 you get to write your name on a sticker and add it to the growing participant tree.
  2. At 500 you add to the tree and get to choose a book to keep from a special collection.
  3. 600-900 continue to add to the tree.
  4. 1,000 you add to the tree, receive an achievement certificate, and get an invite to the yearly 1,000 Book Challenge party!

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years.

booksThe 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and manageable endeavor. Read a book (any book) to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. If one book a night is read, that equates to 365 books a year. In 3 years, more than 1,000 books will be shared. Participants track their books using the free ReaderZone app or a log folder from the library. Log sheets are available here if you wish to print them at home. Each time you read 100 books to your child(ren), show us your ReaderZone achievement screen or bring your log to the library for your reward. Parents can also include readings by others, such as grandparents or siblings, in the child’s reading log. If you read to multiple children at once that book can be logged in all their logs. Children who complete the 1,000 books challenge are invited to an annual party!

mom and baby croppedReading to your child is a great way to bond and create warm memories together. It fosters a fondness for books that can last a lifetime. Early successful language activities, such as sharing stories, contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.

A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school. The experiences with talking and listening during preschool years, such as when a parent and child read together, help prepare the child to master reading and writing skills in the early elementary school years. Reading has long been associated as an early indicator of academic success.

For more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, call the library at 309-385-4540.

 

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