1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Remember, if you have not yet registered, there are two ways to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:

  • You can visit a Library location to receive a paper log. Staff will take your information and provide you with a booklet to keep track of all the books your child reads.
  • Or sign up on Beanstack to track books online, the Library’s online reading platform. Just create an account and log books as your child completes them. You can even download the Beanstack app to log books by scanning their barcode with your phone!

Literacy at Home

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten seeks to help build a love of reading early in a child’s life by making reading together part of a daily routine, and creating a routine encourages the development of the integral early literacy skill: print awareness. Print Awareness is the understanding that print has meaning, both in real-world settings as well as the books we read, and recognizing the link between written and spoken language.

You should make a habit of pointing out environmental print on signs, labels, and menus. Additionally, you can reinforce print awareness when you read aloud. Try reading together at the same time each day, like before bedtime. Not only will it become a tradition you both look forward to, by practicing finger-tracking, pointing out the relationship between the pictures and the story, and allowing your child to explore the book itself, you are aiding in developing their print awareness.

Reading Rockets, an organization that shares resources and guides to aid young readers, shared this article and additional resources to better explain and aid the growth of print awareness!

Book recommendations

Here are three great books to incorporate into your bedtime routine!

A Book of Sleep A peaceful picture book following the nocturnal owl, perfect for bedtime inspiration as it guides the reader through the sleeping habits of the rest of the animal kingdom.

From the World of Goodnight Moon A board book edition of a beloved bedtime classic where a young bunny says goodnight to everything in and around their great green room.

Bedtime Bonnet A 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten prize book option, this story goes through a family’s bedtime routine that hits a snag when the little sister cannot find her bonnet.

For caregivers: You may find, as you're teaching your child to read, that you need some resources as well! Here is a great book that discusses the benefits of making reading aloud a part of your family routine:

The Read-aloud Family

“You will never regret reading aloud to your kids.

The stories we read--and the conversations we have about them--help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family--it has the power to change the world.

But we all know that connecting deeply with our families can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven society. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even after they can read themselves, but it isn't always easy to do. In The Read-Aloud Family, you will find the inspiration you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home.”

Library updates

Join us for a virtual Storytime or craft program! To check out what we’re offering next, this calendar provides all of the information needed to enjoy one of our virtual programs.

Don’t miss out on our Take & Makes kits! Each month, we have a different craft or activity for both kids and tweens/teens.

Happy reading!

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