A 1000 Books Before Kindergarten participant receives two prizes for reading 200 books.
A national nonprofit, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten works to promote reading to babies, infants, and toddlers, and encourages parent-child bonding through reading.
Reading to young children stimulates their imaginations and strengthens their understanding of the world around them. It allows young children to hear the sounds of words and the cadence of language, which will give them an advantage when they begin learning to read on their own.
One thousand books may seem like a daunting task, but even if you read just one book a day, you’re already at 365 for the year. The Library District also breaks 1,000 books into manageable levels.
“We implement this program with multiple achievement milestones, so the task of 1,000 books is easily attainable,” said Early Literacy Librarian Andrea Cleland.
For every 100 books you and your child read together, stop into the library for a prize. The prizes were purchased with a generous donation from the Windsor Rotary Club.
“We love to promote reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing to young children in order for them to develop the early literacy skills needed for later learning,” Cleland said. “Our prizes — like puppets, crayons, and books — help foster and reinforce these skills.”
For more information, email Cleland, or stop into the Windsor-Severance Library or bookmobile.