The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative strives to connect parents and caregivers with their child by reading 1000 books before they begin kindergarten.
As most public formal education does not begin until the ages of 5-6, it is up to parents and caregivers to introduce their child to reading to establish strong early literacy skills. The challenge encourages reading during those critical early years. Any book counts towards the goal, including reading the same one multiple times.
1000 books may sound intimidating, but the goal can be reached in less than three years if you read a book every night before bed.
Many Berks County Public Libraries participate in the initiative and provide rewards for reading milestones. Each participating library offers different smaller prizes for books read, but some rewards for major milestones include:
- Every 50 books=coloring sheet
- 500 books=a free book
- 1000 books=a t-shirt
Be sure to ask your local library on how to get started. Happy reading!