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Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading to your children is one of the best things you can do for them. According to Ohio State University, kids whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard 1.4 million more words than kids who aren’t read to. Starting today, January 1, your Library is offering a new reading challenge to help get your preschoolers ready for school: the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!

Click here to sign your child up for the challenge.

If completing 1,000 books sounds daunting to you, don’t worry. There’s no time limit to the challenge, so you and your child will have plenty of time to prepare them for kindergarten.

Youth Services Manager Betty Cobb believes that reading challenges benefit kids in many ways. “Children receive valuable one-on-one time with their parent,” she says. “They’ll gain an understanding of new concepts, vocabulary, and knowledge of the world around them.”

Betty says, “This challenge is a way for parents to track what their kids read and how much they’re reading. Hopefully, children will gain the love of reading along the way that will last them a lifetime.”

To help encourage kids to read, the challenge features prizes and badges for reading books. For every 100 books that a child reads, they get a virtual badge. Reading 500 books gets them a free book. The 1,000-book goal earns a t-shirt and a great head start for kindergarten!

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge uses the same platform as our summer and fall reading challenges; you can sign up for the challenge here. If you’ve participated in any of the Library’s reading challenges this year, then there’s no need to register. Just sign in with your existing login information.

Since it might be hard to find 1,000 books to read, we have themed, age-specific booklists to help you find reading material. For more ideas, you can also check out the booklists on our kids and families page or in our booklist archive.


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