This program is a great way to ensure that your child gets that critical reading time. Reading with your child is the single most important activity you can do to help your child succeed as they grow and learn. Reading together also promotes essential parent/child bonding, creating special moments that will continue to help your child associate reading with positive experiences and instill a lifelong love of reading.
“Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and very manageable endeavor.” – The 1000 Books Foundation Mission Statement
When you’ve read your first 100 books, come to the Kids’ Library to register with your EPL card and celebrate. Come back for each 100-book milestone and celebrate with a fun activity and photo shoot. At 1,000-books, your child earns a T-Shirt and an invitation to a graduation party (EPL card required). 1,000 books before kindergarten – the idea is simple, but the benefits last a lifetime!