1000 Books before Kindergarten

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.

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First trip to our new library

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.

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Mommy using Bella’s first prize to hold car keys

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. 

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Grover Learns To Read

Anyone with kids will know how once a child finds a favorite anything, whether it be a movie, a song, or a story, they will want to watch, listen and read to said item REPEATEDLY. Bella has quite the little collection of books but she seems to be favoring two lately. The one we will be discussing today is this copy of Grover Learns To Read that I found at the thrift store a few months ago.

A brief synopsis:

Grover loves books and his favorite thing in the world is when his mommy reads to him at night. His mom mentions that he will soon be learning to read on his own and when he is able to read words at school he is terrified because he knows that once he can read books his mommy will no longer read to him. So he tries to stop learning to read. One day, to stop a baby from crying he reads her a story without realizing he could and runs home to tell his mom his achievement. When Grover tells her how upset he is that she won’t read to him anymore she assures him that a mommy will never stop reading to her child but now he can read more books.

I’ll admit that I bought this book hoping Bella would like it because I loved the Grover books as a child. When I first bought it she was to young to sit through the whole thing and preferred books with a single word on the page but now she is bringing this book over to me constantly and sits through the whole story… usually twice in a row. She loves that there are pictures of books in the book and currently makes me read it to her several times each day.

So this one is a clear win for us and if you are looking for a book to read to a child that you won’t mind reading a couple times a day I cannot recommend this one enough.