1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1,000 B4K) is an endeavor that challenges children and their caregivers to read 1,000 books together before the child enters school. 

literacy infographicWhy 1,000 Books?

Studies indicate that the more stories a child hears aloud, the more rapidly he or she begins reading independently.

Research also suggests that:

  • Children under five fall under what linguistic researchers refer to as the “critical period” for developing language.
  • Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
  • Children who develop a love for reading experience a feeling of mastery and an increased sense of self-efficacy.

To reach more children in low-income areas, the Staunton Public Library has also provided Staunton City Schools’ Title 1 Reading Resource Van with a portable version of the 1,000 B4K materials.

How to Participate

  1. Retrieve a 1,000 B4K folder from the children’s area on the Ground Floor of the Staunton Public Library or print out the materials at home. Write your child’s name on the front. 
  2. Color in a frog for every 10 books that you and the child read together.
  3. Once you have completed a sheet by reading 100 books, bring your folder to the Library. A circulation desk staff member or children’s programmer will initial the completed page, and your child can add a star sticker to the raindrop on the Board of Honor.
  4. Upon completion of 10 sheets (1,000 books), participants are rewarded with a new book, a bookplate, a stuffed frog, and a certificate of achievement. 

Literacy Resources

  • DayByDayVA: An online family literacy calendar, activity guide, and resource center. Each day the website suggests short-but-fun activities to help develop pre-reading skills and offers a short animated video for families to watch together.
  • Great Websites for Kids: A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus: A database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents and teachers can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
  • ABCmouse.com: An award-winning online curriculum for young children from Age of Learning, Inc. Free at our Library.

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