1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an education initiative with three main goals: to promote early childhood literacy, to prepare young children for kindergarten and to facilitate family bonding through reading.
Children’s reading success in kindergarten and beyond begins with positive reading experiences in infancy and early childhood. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten allows caregivers to play an active role in their child’s learning and development. Studies show that reading with a young child can significantly improve their vocabulary, memory, attention span and mastery of the language.
Parents and caregivers may register any child between the ages of 0–6. Any book may be counted and books may be repeated. Repetition is even encouraged as it increases both comprehension and confidence in young children.
Login to Beanstack to add completed 100-Book Reading Logs. Please complete this form to select prizes. Library staff will contact parents when prizes are ready for pick up using the library's Curb It service.
All children who have not entered kindergarten or the equivalent are eligible to register. Participants are not required to be Normal Public Library cardholders or residents of Normal. Participants are welcome to register for this program even if they are completing other area 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs.
Questions or comments? Please contact Randi Sutter, Children’s Outreach Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-454-4668.