Read to Me! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
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How can you help my child succeed in school? Read to them. It sounds so simple, but reading to your child at an early age helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.
Grant Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and FREE way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:
Register: Sign up in-person at Grant Public Library or online here.
Track Your Reading: Color in a circle for each book you read with your child on your reading record. If your child can hold the crayon or marker, then let them color in the circles. Print off the reading log below, pick up a copy at the library, or keep track of your reading using the app. Android or iPhone
Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again and AGAIN, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears during story time at the library, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a special reward, and to pick up a new reading record for your next 100 books.
1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame, and receive a free book and a special surprise.
Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together. Learning is a lifelong pursuit that you and your child can enjoy together!
Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit Grant Public Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one and to find great books to share with your child.
One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!
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The "rules": You must either pick up a reading log at the library, print a reading log off at home from the library's website, or download the app and keep track of books read there. If you are keeping track of your reading on the app, then you can share it from the app to the library's email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as each 100 books are completed. In order to receive prizes, you must present each completed 100-book reading log in-person to the Grant Public Library as they are completed.