Get your child ready to read and to lead with the program 1KB4K – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program will roll out on June 1 alongside our Summer Reading Challenge as an alternative for small children and babies. By participating and engaging in additional activities with your child, strengthen literacy skills and experience a world of other possible benefits: improvement in attention span and motor skills, the establishment of routines, a better understanding of numbers and quantities, and experience in setting and working towards goals.
You and your child will also be able to spend valuable time together, all the while exercising creativity and exploring and discovering new interests. The grand finale is the sense of accomplishment when that one thousandth book is filled in on the reading log.
Prizes: For every 100 books read, come into the library to receive a sticker. At the 500-book mark, pick up a tote bag, which comes in handy for all the books you’re reading. At the 1,000 mark, choose a free book to take home!
The library helps along the way, by offering storytimes for all ages and at all locations. Also, you don’t have to leave home to check out books - take a look at all the titles available through TumbleBooks, Hoopla, and Axis360 .
Here’s one story about the rewards of the program from a child who completed it a few months before her fifth birthday. She read books with her family and during school storytimes. (Repeat readings count, too!)
“She’d keep asking me to read one more,” her grandmother said. “It was a priceless experience to spend time reading all kinds of books. Her favorite was A Monster at the End of the Book. She liked Elmo telling us to ‘turnee, turnee’ the pages while Grover kept saying ‘no.’” After the program, she didn’t “close the book” on reading – she still reads more than ever.
Ideas for projects to work on together:
What 1,000 Looks Like: Your child puts a penny in a jar for each book read. When 1KB4K is complete, the jar will be holding $10 worth of pennies, which can be used towards a special reward.
Make it Stick & Make it Count: Kids love stickers … and adults, too. For each book read, give your child a sticker to place on a piece of paper. Once you have 20 stickers on the page, start a new page. Create one-of-a-kind art by decorating the pages and gluing them together in all sorts of ways. A bonus to this activity is that it helps kids with their counting skills.
That’s Another Story: Exercise your child’s active imagination, so have an adult help write down the child’s own creative tales, with the child acting as illustrator.
Get Started: Pick up a log at any library location. Readers will soon be able to participate and track reading on-the-go with our new online service READSquared --- every book read is one closer to the goal!