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.