1000 Books Before Kindergarten Description

The Scandinavia Public Library has developed an ongoing early literacy initiative called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that began October 2013. This multiyear project encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program, open to any preschooler, whose caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person,has an initial goal of reaching–and involving- 25 (or more!) children over a two year period.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include:

  • Introducing a fun method to encourage families to read aloud to preschoolers
  • Introducing children to a wide range of excellent books to promote pre-literacy so children enter school ready to learn
  • Encouraging regular library use by families and enhancing our outreach to caregivers

Children receive a reading folder and book bag at registration with pages to record the books read. Registration is done in person at the Scandinavia Public Library. Families are encouraged to return to the library every time they finish reading and listening to 100 books. Children receive a congratulatory stickers each time they finish a  batch of 100 books. The culminating prize is a book the child can keep.

A key aspect of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is to connect it with caregivers. You can assist us by: