1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
A free program for parents and children to foster the love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to young children from an early age.
The program is based on research finding that the more books children hear between the ages of 0-5, the more prepared they are to learn to read in kindergarten.
Drawing inspiration from Mem Fox’s book Reading Magic, the Bremen Public Library in Indiana was the first library to offer this program.
When you read to your child/children . . .
- You form a stronger relationship with your child
- You instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. You help build your child’s vocabulary, phonics, and familiarity with the printed word
When you visit your local library with your child/children . . .
- You encourage your child to look at a variety of books and materials that may not be available to you otherwise
- You teach your child responsibility with ownership of a library card
- You encourage your child to build a relationship with the Youth Services staff who can help with finding books and recommending books too!
- You help your child develop a love of reading that will help them in school and beyond!