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Suggestions for 1,000 Books Program

Suggestions for a Successful

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program


Congratulations!  You and your child are about to embark on an adventure that is lots of fun and enables your child to gain pre-literacy skills along the way!

Here are some frequently asked questions about the program:

1. How will I read that many books??

If you take a full five years to complete the program, you would only need to read one book every other day.  If you don’t start until your child is 3 or 4, reading two books almost every day would be over 1,000 books.  If you only have a year before your child enters school, you would need to read about 20 books a week. So it isn’t as hard as it sounds!

2. My child wants the same book over and over! Can we count books more than once?

Yes, books can be recorded more than once.  Repetition is good and it is normal for kids to have their favorites!

3. What about books read at daycare, story time, and other places?

You can record these books also!  If you don’t know the names, just write “Book at Daycare” on the log.

4. Why 1,000 books?

It’s not a magic number, but just a fun goal to reach!

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