The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat them!) before your little one starts kindergarten.
Does it sound hard? Just think, if you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age (and very few children will let you stop at “just one” book a night!), it’s easier than you think!
- Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life‐long memories for the both of you.
- Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child. Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, on our convenient reading log sheets, online, or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake item for your precious child.
- If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and siblings.
What Treat Can Ruben Eat? – John Ruben M. Jr. Aranton
Chilean Mines – Saige J. Ballock-Dixon
1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Mark Borghese
The Moon Sees You & Me – Caleb Burroughs
Jamberry – Bruce Degen
Arthur: Abuela – Arthur Dorros
Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman
¡Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch
¡Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!
¡Falconer, Ian: Olivia
¡Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George
¡Flack, Marjorie: Ask Mr. Bear
In addition to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, the 1000 Books Foundation supports #TheBigRead (an annual one-day event that promotes the reading of just one book) and a very active social community on Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube. Just click on their icon to visit their website!