1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
Or the same story a thousand times!”
Children’s author Mem Fox, from her “Ten Read-Aloud Commandments”
The Freedom Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of the early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, that encourages parents to read to their young children. Early childhood experts have confirmed that the more time you read to your child, the more prepared and eager they will be when it comes time for them to learn to read by themselves. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.
WHO? Parents can register children from infants to 5 years old.
HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS? 1000 books may seem like a daunting number, but consider: if you read one story a day to your child, you’d complete 365 in one year. By the time your child is 3 years old, you’ll have greatly exceeded the 1K mark. So get started today!
WHAT COUNTS? Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count!
HOW DOES IT WORK? Register at the library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. Click here to download yourself. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets, choose a new book as your prize, and have your child's picture taken (if you choose.) By the time you have read 1000 books, your child will have a library of ten new books all their own!
Register today - It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!