Interview: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge


by WHAS11 editors

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 2:40 PM

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build a habit and love of reading.

Who can participate? Any preschool-age children (0-5 years old) in Jefferson County with their family/caregivers.
How does the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge work?

Getting Started – Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log at any Louisville Free Public Library location on or after January 25 and start reading. Reading logs include a list of recommended books and information for parents on early literacy and free children’s programs and resources available at the Library.

Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your reading log.

Show Us Your Reading Logs – Each time you and your child reach a milestone listed below, bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own.

    Reading Rewards:

        100 books = sticker
        250 books = child’s name displayed at your branch Library
        500 books = bookmark
        750 books = certificate
        1000 books = a free book to take home

How can you read 1000 books to your child? In as little as 15 minutes a day!

The average picture book takes just 5 minutes to read

                – and –

3 books a day (just 15 minutes) for 1 year = 1,095 books

You can even read the same book over, and over, and over.

Suggested Reading List - click here

Want more useful tips and activities to help get your child ready for Kindergarten? - click here