What is the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program?
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) in support of a nationwide effort to encourage parents of newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to make reading aloud a daily priority.
Forsyth County Public Library intends to support parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5 in reaching the goal of reading 1,000 books by providing book recommendations, tips for making reading aloud fun and interesting, recognizing participants as they finish 100-book milestones, and hosting storytime events and activities.
Why should I read aloud to my child?
Each year, “more than 1 in 3 children enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Reading aloud with children ages 0 to 5 supports early literacy and pre-reading skills, fosters a love of books and learning, and strengthens bonding between the child and parents or caregivers.
Is it really possible to read 1,000 books with my child?
Yes! And you can do it more quickly than you might think!
Bedtime Story Method
By reading just one bedtime story each night, you can read 1,000 books in less than three years.
Most board books and picture books take 5 minutes or less to read. By reading 3 books aloud with your child each day – about 15 minutes – you’ll finish 1,095 books in a year.
What types books and stories count?
All reading activities count toward your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading goal. Add all board books, picture books, and other stories your child hears to their reading log.
Books read aloud at a library storytime, at preschool or day care, or even at a grandparent’s house count. Reading a book multiple times counts, as well. If you read your child’s favorite story 10 times, be sure to record that as 10 books in your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log.
How do I keep track of the books we read?
There are several ways to track the books you read:
- Download and print a paper Reading Log
What happens when we reach a reading milestone?
We celebrate! Each time you reach a 100-book milestone (100 books, 200 books, 300 books, etc.), bring your reading log to your nearest library branch. We'll also acknowledge your first 50 books read, as an incentive to continue reading to meet your 100-book milestones.
When you meet your milestone and visit the library, our staff will join you in showering your little reader with praise and encouragement. We’ll also snap a photo to help your child commemorate their achievement. If you like, we’ll also post the photo online so you can share it with friends and family.
Our Youth Services team will also recognize program participants and milestones at certain 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytime events and activities.
After you celebrate, don’t forget to keep reading and keep tracking!