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.
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
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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
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