We recently moved and discovered that we had a library very close to the house which is of course, very awesome news. I had recently been there a few times by myself and got myself a new library card and I decided that I would bring Bella with me next time. While we were there, it came to my attention that our library is enrolled in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We had been doing a paper log version of this but our librarian informed us that it is a nationwide program and we could log books online and get little prizes for different milestones.
So since Bella is showing every indication that she’s going to be a reader, I thought it would be fun to incorporate this with our paper log so we signed up with our library and started from scratch.
The goal is to not only create early readers, but to enjoy a positive family activity together every day. A thousand books may seem like a lot of books, but in reality it is achievable within a few months. Reading just 3 books a day with a child will bring you to 1000 within a year. Something I wasn’t aware of when I grabbed the paper logs from our old library is that repeating books totally counts. I really wish I had known that earlier because there are days when Bella brings me the same book 5 and 6 times a night to read to her. We would have been at goal last year. But that’s fine and we are loving every minute of story time.
Over the course of last week, we read and logged over 25 books and so she earned her first prize-(a library card holder and lanyard) which she was super excited about even though she doesn’t understand yet what it is.
If you’ve read this far I thank you for joining me! Stay tuned for updates as we hit each milestone.
You can find out more about the program here.