1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative, highlighting the importance of teaching children between the ages of 0-5 to read.
How it works:
The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book!) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal is to have read 1000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. Oh, and of course, repeat books count! (We all know that you can read Brown Bear Brown Bear a dozen times and STILL read it again before bedtime!)
It's less difficult than it sounds! If you read 1 book a night, you'll be done in less than three years. If you read three books a night, you'll be done in less than a year! If you consider that most children start Kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. To make it exciting, when your child reaches a milestone, they can receive rewards from the library.
How to participate:
All you have to do is read! Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you. Keep track of what you've read online through Beanstack. Beanstack is an online reading tracker and is also available as an app on your smartphone. You can also use paper reading trackers provided by the library. You can find the instructions here.
Contact Jessica Tefft at TefftJ@BranchDistrictLibrary.org or call 517-278-2341 (Ext 122).