1,000 Books

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.

So all of our county libraries participate in the program which I thought was so cool and worth sharing. If you aren't local, be sure to check here and see if your library does the same thing. Anything that encourages a love of reading is worth talking about!

16 comments

  1. Love that you're doing this! Start 'em young!

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  2. Omg I'm totally going to do this, too!!! I've got about 4 months to start stocking up on books!

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  3. Yes! Going to the library was such a huge part of our childhood, and now it's where I work! Both the library I worked at in CT and NC have this program, and it's great! We have big charts on the wall where the children put their names each time the hit a number milestone, and they love coming in and seeing their accomplishments!

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  4. Oh my goodness I love this idea! What a fun concept! I'm so happy he's a little bookworm!

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  5. What a great program!! I love program that encourage reading - it's so important!

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  6. My mom is a librarian and her library is doing this- so she brought Elliot one of the books to keep track of his 1,000 books! And we're trying to go for 1,000 unique ones too!!

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  7. Love this idea! Hadley is seriously into books - I swear we read at least 15,20 a day!

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  8. Love this! Heck I get giddy when our library does the summer reading programs and they have one for adults! :)

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  9. I am so excited to get E into storytime this summer in our new home! I love books and I hope she will too.

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  10. What a fun reading project to work on together! We are HUGE fans of all the great activities going on at our library

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  11. What an awesome program!!! I am a member of our library but I never have time to actually go, I always get audiobooks or ebooks from them online. I would love to take Zoe to story time or something and maybe one day I can but right now with work it is hard. I love the idea of this program though! Little Miss already has a ton of books under her belt. I have easily read her 100 in the last 5 months! I will have to make a trip to our library to check it out and keep track. I actually posted about kid books today too. Great minds!!!

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  12. I love this!!! We didn't do a program for Bre but she we always had books and we always read and once she was old enough (pre-school) we got Bob Books, and I have to tell you BEST thing we ever did, she loves to read and not only that she can read so well now and I have no worries that she will struggle next year in 1st grade

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  13. What an amazing program. Exposing littles to reading at a very early age is SO important.

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  14. Our local library system does this too, and we've easily hit the 1000 mark already (the prize was a book from the library to KEEP which Hendrik was just amazed by, ha!). Such a great program, but in a household like ours, not too difficult to achieve... but 1000 unique books would be quite a challenge. Hendrik gets absolutely obsessed with certain ones, so I bet there were a couple that got counted on there 50 times. Until I put my foot down and told him he had to pick something different as I refused to read that particular one again :)

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