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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brainpower? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a larger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

Floyd County Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:

Click here to register your child. You may also wish to download the free Beanstack app on your smartphone or tablet to make keeping track of books even easier!

Track Your Reading: Use the “Log Reading” button in the upper left corner to track each book you read with your child.

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 storytime, 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, visit the library to receive a special reward. You can also place a sticker with your child’s name or initials on it on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten book stack in the children’s room at the library!

1,000 Books: You did it! Move your child’s name to the top of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten book stack, have your picture taken, and receive a gift.

Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit Floyd County Public Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one and to find great books to share with your child.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Happy Reading!

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