Helen Hall Library, in cooperation with 1000 Books Foundation, sponsors 1000 Books BeforeKindergarten. This program is a free and fun way to boost your child’s brain power. The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge-all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.
Register: Pick up or print out a registration form (PDF) and bring the completed form to Helen Hall Library to receive a starter kit with directions, resources, and the first reading log.
Track Your Reading: Check in a square for each book you read with your child on the reading log. If you want, you may start a reading journal of your own to track the books you have read.
Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in story time, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a sticker. Take your child’s picture with a “I have read” sign. Take home a new reading record for your next 100 books.
1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame, and receive a free book bag.
Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!