Something I've loved about being a mom has been introducing T to the love of books and reading. He truly loves flipping through books and as a biased momma I think it's the most adorable thing ever. He has favorites that he gets excited to see and I love his little inquisitive face when we get a new book for him to check out.
Library storytime is already a favorite activity at ours. We've only made it a few times lately because of all the chaos, but T absolutely loves it and I know it'll be a regular part of our routine again soon. On our last visit there, I picked up an informational brochure to see what else was going on at the library in the coming months. Apparently there is a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten so of course I asked about it!
It's as simple and to the point as the name of the program. I registered T for it which only took a few minutes. Then you can track the reading online if you want, or they give you a log sheet for older kids that might like seeing their progress. Obviously we are reading to T right now, but that counts too! They want you to count each story you read to them, stories they hear at daycare, the library, while a family member is visiting, anything! As long as your child listens to the entire book, it counts. *The program says to count repeat reads over and over again, but I'm not planning on doing that. I love the idea that T has "read" 1,000 unique books before Kindergarten!
Again, T is obviously a little young for some aspects, but as he gets older there is more fun stuff too they'll enjoy. Each time your kid reads 100 books you can bring your log sheet to your local library and get a sticker/prize or some type of goodie bag. Once you finish your 1,000 books you can come in for a celebration and a free book to keep.