1000 Books before Kindergarten: A Firm Foundations Program

1000 books sounds like a lot of reading! But if you ready only one book per day, you'll read 1000 books in less than 3 years! It's even easier when you realize: 

  • Repetition counts! If you read the same book over and over, each reading counts as a book. 

  • Any reader counts! Each time your child hears a book, it counts, whether the book is read by a family member, Miss Maura at the library, a teacher at school, or a babysitter. 

We've kept the process very simple:

  • Each time your child has heard 100 books, stop by the library for a sticker and a milestone photo.

  • Once your child has read 1000 books, stop by the library for a free book and a final milestone photo. 

That's it! We're providing a reading log for your convenience, but you may use any method you choose to track your child's reading progress. 

 

Reading Aloud Matters!

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning in school. 

  • Cognitive Development. Reading to young children helps develop their ability to think and understand, forming the building blocks for remembering, problem solving, and decision making. 

  • Language Skills. Reading to young children stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and it builds vocabulary. The vocabulary of books is far richer than the vocabularly of TV, movies, or even daily life. 

  • Preparation for School. The number of words a child knows when entering kindergarten is a key predictor of their future success in school. Studies have shown that the more words a child knows, the more words they will learn. The stronger a child's language skills when entering kindergarten, the more prepared they will be to learn to read. 

  • Concentration and Discipline. Regular reading time increases a child's ability to focus and lengthens their attention span. 

  • Imagination and Creativity. Young children are naturally imaginative and creative. When you read aloud to a child, it helps them use their imaginations to explore people, places, times, and events beyond their own experiences. 

  • Caregiver/Child Bonding. Regular reading time strengthens the bonds of trust, comfort, and intimacy between caregiver and child.