1000 Books Before Kindergarten

One of my favorite things to do with my son is read to him. It’s a great way to learn, bond, and have fun together. Several months ago we attended family reading time at our local library. I befriended a young lady who informed me about a program called, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. So naturally, I looked into it.

After checking out the site, I was “all in”. While I always loved reading to my son, this program gave me a boost as it includes 10 one hundred page lists, as well as 10 “awards” for every 100 books your child reads. I’m a keepsake person so of course, I want to keep each and every list.

I started this challenge one day after my son’s 1st birthday. We are now at 300 books! I literally just printed off his “I’ve read 300 books” award. Certainly I’m far more excited than he his, but I’m sure as he gets a little older he’ll appreciate it. One of the most rewarding things I see him do is grab a book and “read” it. He turns the pages, smile and laughs. Of all the books he has, he really enjoys his Baby Bible. What a joy!

Avery has many favorites, as do I. Here’s a few from our list:

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  2. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  3. Moo, Moo Brown Cow by Jakki Wood and Rog Bonner
  4. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie
  5. I am so Brave by Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham
  6. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  7. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
  8. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
  9. Peek-a-Boo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  10. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

We also like to read Hello Highlights magazine, the toddler version of my childhood favorite, Highlights.

There are so many important benefits of early literacy. Reading to a child helps build language and communication skills, school readiness, as well as memory and concentration. Not only that, but it builds a stronger relationship between parent and child.

Since before my son was born, family and close has purchased him books. He still receives him to this day! It’s definitely a gift that keeps on giving. It opens their minds to such a large world, allowing them to tune into their imaginations and creativity. What are some of your favorite books to read with your child? Join us in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. You’ll be glad you did.

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