What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing experiences by reading aloud to their children regularly.
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during the lifespan. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.
How Can I Read 1000 Books?
- 3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
- 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books
- Read the same book over and over (and over and over)
- Read in any language
- Log stories read at storytimes or other library events
Frequently Asked Questions
Should the account be registered under my name or my child’s name?
Accounts should be created in the child’s name.
Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?
No. The program begins on the day you register, and you only count books you read after registration.
My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?
Log in to the Orion Library’s 1000 Books site and select the “Books” tab. Find the book in the “My Books” area and select the “Read Again” button.
Can I count books read to my child by someone else?
Yes. Any book that is read aloud to your child counts, regardless of the reader.
Do the books need to be library books?
No. Any book counts.
My child likes to listen to books on the computer / iPad / eReader/ etc. Can I count them?
Yes. As long as your child listens to the entire book, it counts.
Thank You to Our Supporters
Our participation in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program was made possible thanks to:
- The Michigan Center for the Book (MCB), in conjunction with the National Center for the Book
- The Friends of the Orion Township Library