Join the library's free program to help your preschooler get ready to read!
Young children begin the process of learning to read long before they start school. Research indicates that reading aloud with a young child for just ten to twenty minutes per day helps the child understand that letters make sounds, sounds make words, and words make stories and songs. It is never too early to read, talk, sing and play with young children. Pleasant Grove Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to celebrate early learning and the fun of sharing stories.
This club has no end date except your child's going to school, so don't feel rushed--just enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way.
For information on how the program works click here.
For a list of books that your child should hear before kindergarten click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you really expect to read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten?
If you read only one bedtime story every night for three years you will have read 1095!
If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040.
Double that rate to do 1000 books in one year.
You can begin much earlier though, when your child is an infant!
Do we have to read books from Pleasant Grove Library?
No, you can read books from anywhere - your home, the doctor's office, preschool, Grandma's house, other libraries.
I read the same story every night to my child. Can I count that book more than once?
Yes, mark a circle every time you read the book.
I have more than one child I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Of course you can! And if one of your older children reads to their sibling, you can count that also.
Can I count books that are read at Story Time?
Absolutely! The storytellers usually read four to six books.
When I don't have time to read to my child, I sometimes let her listen to a book on CD. Can I add that to her list?
Sure, as long as she has listened to the entire story.
My child "reads" books to himself. Should I count those?
While it's a great start to reading, if your child is only pretending to read, you shouldn't count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together frequently and can read it themselves, then go ahead and count it.
My older children like to read to their younger siblings. Can I count those books?
Count any books that are read to your child, no matter who reads the books. It can be a brother, sister, grandparent, babysitter, teacher, etc. As long as they hear the entire story, you can count it.