1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents read 1,000 books aloud to their children before entering kindergarten. That sounds like a lot of books, but if you read only one book a day, you will finish in under three years.  

And the benefits are enormous:

  • You'll strengthen your parent-child relationship.
  • You'll stimulate brain development.
  • You'll build language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.
  • You'll introduce your child to a vibrant literary culture filled with wonderful stories and characters.

We encourage you to begin reading to your child as a baby, or even sooner during pregnancy. Language is soothing and enriching for your child from a very young age.

Ready to get started? Stop by the Children's Reference Desk and show your Ela Area Public Library card to sign up. You will get a log to keep track of your reading and a tote bag to carry all of your books!
Already signed up?  Print extra reading logs here.

For even more information, check out the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website.

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