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Books Before Kindergarten
to read begins long before a child starts Kindergarten. Reading to
your children is the best way to prepare them for Kindergarten!
Any child from birth to entering Kindergarten can participate in this
self-paced early literary program at Mae S.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The goal is to share 1000 books
together during these early childhood years. Sharing a book can
include singing a book together, talking about the pictures together,
reading it cover to cover or any other way that works for you and your
1. Sign up in the
children's department at the library and receive your first 1000
Books reading log, or download one here:
Reading Log or keep up with them online
2. Record each book that you
share together on the log. Repetition is great for learning so
feel free to record the same titles again and again.
3. When you complete a log of
100 books, bring your sheet to the children's department for a 100 books
4. Keep repeating this
process; picking up book logs and turning them in to the children's
5. When you reach 1000 books
recorded, you will receive a book from the library and a certificate for
completing the program.
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1. 1,000 Books sounds like a
lot. Can we really do it?
Yes, 1,000 books does sound like a lot and that’s why it’s a great goal
to have. It’s good to remember that reading just a few books at a time
over the 5 years from birth to Kindergarten will get you to that goal.
If you read just 10 books each week for 2 years, you’d have read 1,040
2. My child is already four years old. How can he/she still
A child can start the program at any time between birth and starting
Kindergarten. We will give your child a modified goal based on the age
of the child when beginning the program. For example: a four year old
should read 250 books in the year before Kindergarten. Of course you can
still read to 1,000 books (or more!) if you’d like to!
3. Grandma, babysitter, etc., reads to my child. Does that still
Yes. The books shared between any caregiver and the child are what
counts here. And when children are ready to read on their own, those
books count too!
4. Does digital content (Tumblebooks, book apps or ebooks) count?
Yes, digital stories can be counted in the reading log. Some digital
content is more of an activity or a game, rather than a story to be
read. Activities and games are fun, but fall outside of the goals of
5. My child doesn’t always listen to the whole book. Can I still
Yes, of course. This is meant to be a fun project. Babies, toddlers, and
preschoolers have varying attention spans and not all books will
interest all readers. Sharing books together in the early years is about
connection, book awareness, vocabulary, and play. It’s ok to just talk
about the pictures or move on before you get to the end of the book.
Just be sure to share those books with your child, whichever way works
for both of you. Check out WEBSITE for more tips on reading with your
early learner and on selecting books for your young child.
6. My child likes to move. He/she won’t sit still for a book.
This is, of course, totally normal. Young children like to explore and
play. Reading aloud while they are playing nearby still builds their
literacy and vocabulary skills as they hear new words said aloud.
Singing a book can also be a great way to engage a young mover in a