1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Welcome to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school (5-year-old kindergarten). One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation which is key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! 

It is easy to participate! 

1. Sign up for the program in the library if you would like to log your reading on paper. Sign up on the Elm Grove Library Beanstack site if you would like to log your reading online. There is also a free Beanstack app available wherever you get apps. If you already have a Beanstack account at the Elm Grove Library, you can use the same account. Just select the 1000 Books reading challenge to participate. 

2. Read together and record your books. If you read a book more than once, you can count it each time. Books read to your child at library story time, at daycare or by others also count! 

3. Check in at the library for additional reading sheets (paper) or when your child has earned a reward. Children may receive stickers for every 100 books and a free book at 500 books. 

4. After finishing 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate, plus a commemorative bookplate will be placed in a new picture book at the Elm Grove Library in his/her honor. Your child also gets an awesome jumpstart on success in school! 

Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way. The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, free programs and great suggestions for what to read. Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff. We are here to help! 

Happy Reading!