100 Books Before Kindergarten
Get your child ready for Kindergarten by reading books! 100 Books Before Kindergarten is a great place to start. This list of classic and contemporary children’s stories will keep your child’s interest and make them excited about reading. These books can be found in the Children’s collection and have pink stars in the spine. Get the full list here: 100 Books to Read before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
It is recommended that children listen to 1,000 books before they start Kindergarten. This can be the same story 1,000 times or 1,000 different stories. We have a program that helps you keep track of the stories you’ve read with your child. When you finish, you can bring your child to the library for a prize. Print out the sheet to record what you read to your child here: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
TIP: Not every child will sit and listen to stories. This is totally normal. Try reading aloud while they are playing nearby. They are still listening and building their early literacy skills as they hear new words.
Why Read Aloud?
15 minutes of reading aloud daily, starting at birth, will change the face of education in this country.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. Read Aloud 15 Minutes National Campaign promotes parents reading aloud to their children at least 15 minutes every day starting at birth. When a child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, they are more ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day.