Why read 1000 books before Kindergarten? It sounds like a lot of reading doesn't it? However, it has great benefits. By reading books together not only are you bonding with your child, you are also increasing literacy. The more you read with your child, the better they will do in school. It will help them learn how to read and write, in addition to augmenting their vocabulary. Reading is also a great way to reduce stress and improve concentration.
If you read one book each night before bed, you are doing 365 in one year; this means that it will take you less than 3 years to read 1,000 books, if you read every night. Of course, you do not have to read each night as most children start kindergarten at around age 5, which means you have lots of time. Even though there is tons of time to read the 1000 books for the challenge, why stop there? To make things even easier, you are able to read a book more than once. You will never run out of new books to read, since we have such a vast children's collection at MPL. Even books that other people like teachers and siblings, read with your child are included.
To encourage your child's participation, you can give little rewards like stickers. We also have some free items such as a book with stickers, which we are giving away at our library branches, just ask one of the staff. We recommend that you keep track of what you are reading in a notebook or online. You can also download the Beanstack Tracker in the App Store or Google Play to track your success. Once in the app, you will need to select Markham Public Library under library option.
The books do not have to be long or difficult, here is a list of suggested picture books:
Here are our picks of the best picture books of 2022!