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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have a child or children that haven't started kindergarten? Do you want to help them learn skills to get ready to read before they even start school? 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative to build and support the pre-reading skills of children from birth until before they start kindergarten.

Our fun and free program is as simple as it sounds: Read 1,000 books to your child before he or she begins kindergarten. Sign up your infant to preschool age child in the Children's Department. We will give you a folder with a handbook containing all the information about the program you'll need, along with your child's first two log sheets to record the first 200 books you read together. Once you fill your logs, bring them to a Children's Department staff member and you can collect the reward for your child for those log levels and get your next log sheets. Once you complete your 10th and final log, you will have read 1,000 books together! To celebrate this achievement, your child will get a diploma certificate and book prize!

In case you're wondering, it counts each time you read the same book, books read in library storytimes count, and books anyone from aunts to babysitters read to your child count, too! When you join the program, you will get support from the library along the way. We'll help you choose books (if you like), give you early literacy tips, and encourage your child. Please ask the Children's Department staff if you have questions about the program or how to help prepare your child for reading. You can stop by in person or call the Children's Department at (409) 643-5983.

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