The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.

Who can participate? Preschool-age children (0-5 years old) in Jefferson County with their family/caregivers.

How does the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge work?

Getting Started – Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log* at any Louisville Free Public Library location and start reading. Reading logs include a list of recommended books and information for parents on early literacy and free children’s programs and resources available at the Library.

Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your reading log.

Show Us Your Reading Logs – Each time you and your child reach a milestone listed below, bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own. Plus, every 1,000 book reader will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Reading Reward Milestones:

  • 100 books = sticker
  • 250 books = child’s name displayed at your branch Library
  • 500 books = bookmark
  • 750 books = certificate
  • 1000 books = a free book to take home

How can you read 1000 books to your child? In as little as 15 minutes a day!

The average picture book takes just 5 minutes to read

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3 books a day (just 15 minutes) for 1 year = 1,095 books

You can even read the same book over, and over, and over.

 

Suggested Reading List - click here

 

Want more useful tips and activities to help get your child ready for Kindergarten? - click here

 

*Reading Logs are also available online - click here.



Last Updated: 3/18/14