Reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills.
This is because reading to your children in the earliest months stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and helps build key language, literacy and social skills. - all4kids.org
Program in a Nutshell
1. Sign up for the free program by visiting the Spanish Fort Public Library or SIGN UP HERE.*
*If you sign up online be sure to visit SFPL to pick up your child's starter kit.
2. When you enroll your child in the 1,000 Books program, you will receive a starter kit that contains the first reading log*.
*For every book read, color the circle on your chart.
3. When you have read 100 books to your child bring the completed reading log to SFPL to pick up your next 100 reading log.
4. In addition to the paper reading logs, consider tracking the books read through ReadTracker APP (best for Android) or 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten APP (best for iPhone).
5. When your child reaches 1,000 books, he or she will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
6. Finished all the steps? Congratulations! You did it. You gave your child a priceless gift--- the readiness to read!
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
- Pick out books at home or at the library and start reading to your child.
- Keep track of book titles read or that a care-giver or family member might read to your child.
- Read the same book over and over again and that book counts each time.
- Read in any language.
- Storytime counts, too! View the SFPL calendar for storytime schedule.
- Listen to an kids audiobook or read a kid friendly ebook in AXIS 360 or Camellia Net, that counts!
YOU CAN TRACK BOOKS BY:
- For iPhone, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten free APP. (find in APP store for iPhone)
- For Android, ReadTracker, free APP (works better for Android/find in Google Play store for Android)
- Your book logs (bring completed logs to SFPL)
- Old-fashioned notebook list.