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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Here are the instructions from the 1,000 Books Foundation that provides an overview of the program and how to get started. You can click here to get our online tracker, and you can contact us at any location for more information

Dear Parents/Caregivers:

On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in the free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Program Overview

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really, if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

How to Participate

  • Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.
  • Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child. Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, on our convenient reading log sheets, online, or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake item for your precious child.
  • If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and siblings.

Frequently-Asked-Questions

  • Who can participate in this program? Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
  • How long will the program take? The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depends on how often you read together.
  • How many of my children can participate? All of them (provided they have not started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!

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