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Read 1000 Books before Kindergarden

Early Literacy education is very important to your child's success in school. The more children are exposed to sounds, letters, and words, the easier it is for the child to learn to read. That is why we have adopted the Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club.
Read 1000 Books before Kindergarden
Frequently Asked Questions about 1000 Books before Kindergarten
Book title log pages
What are pre-reading skills?

This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.

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 reading foundation –   a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

Here are the easy steps for participation:

1. Read together

2. Write the titles on your book titles sheet or fill in the boxes on the book titles bookmark. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at library story-time, at daycare, or by others to your child also count! Don’t forget to count audio books too!

3. When you finish 100 books, bring your sheet to the library and

  • Receive a sticker and prize.
  • Collect your next book titles sheet.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 and receive a different sticker and book titles page at each level.

5. We have special awards along the way for both you and your child including

  • juice box
  • bookmark
  • pencil
  • book
  • book bag
  • book plate dedication on your child’s favorite book

6. After finishing 1000 books, your child

  • Receives a certificate and gets to pick which book he or she would like to have the book plate placed in permanently.
  • Gets an awesome jump start on success in school.

This club has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed -- just enjoy the experience! 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 1000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way.

If you have any questions please contact Annette at the Hudson Public Library, 319-988-4217.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.