1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Early Literacy Initiative
Help your preschooler get ready to read!
Welcome to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school.
Mounting evidence shows that the more children ages 0-5 hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon reaching kindergarten.
One of the best ways to do this is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read and for gaining background knowledge about the world — two things that are key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!
Easy Steps for Participation
Any child from birth until he/she starts kindergarten is eligible to enroll. Every child enrolled receives a tote bag, a folder for recording the titles listened to, and information on ways to help your child gain the skills needed to be ready to learn when school starts.
1. Fill up your tote bag with some great books, check them out, and start reading.
2. Repeat step one often!
3. When you have read 100 books to your child, bring the folder to the library (along with your child) and we’ll give him/her a sticker and give you the next page for your book log.
4. When your child reaches 1000 books, he/she will receive a book to keep as part of your own home library.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to read books from the Alameda Free Library?
No, you can read books from anywhere.
I have to read some books over and over again. Can I count that book more than once?
Of course! Write down the title every time you read the entire book.
My child has an electronic game that reads the story out loud. Can I count that?
As long as your child listens to the entire story, yes. Please don’t count it if he/she just plays the game.
Is it even possible to read 1000 books to my child before he/she is in kindergarten?
Sure! Check out this handy chart:
Child’s Age at Start of Program
# of Books Read Per Day
# of Books Read Per Week
0 years old
1 year old
2 years old
3 years old
4 years old
· Have fun! Reading together should never be a chore.
· Children learn best when they are in a good mood, so read with your child when the experience will be the most pleasurable for you both.
· Take every chance you have to read with your child, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, and sing songs.
· Expose your child to a variety of different types of stories and words. It is normal for children, especially very young children, to want to hear their favorite stories again and again. When you have the opportunity, introduce new stories so your child has a chance to hear and experiment with as many new words and concepts as possible.
· You are your child’s first and most important teacher. What you do helps your child get ready to read and to learn. You matter.
Many thanks to the following libraries for their help in developing our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program:
· La Crosse (WI) Public Library
· Jay County (IN) Public Library
· Norfolk (NE) Public Library