[note] At KZOOkids.com, we have a love for our local libraries and all of the great programs that they offer! We asked Andrea Vernola from KPL to highlight some of the features about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and wanted to share the details with our readers. Thanks Kalamazoo Public Library for all of the great children’s programs that you offer to our community. [/note]
by guest Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo Public Library Children’s Librarian
Why 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?
The best way to prepare a child to become a good reader, is to read to them often from birth onward! At Kalamazoo Public Library, we’re celebrating this vital connection between kids and parents with a new program called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Kalamazoo area parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign their preschool-aged children up for this program at any KPL location.
How To Start?
Take home a reading log and start recording the books you share together. After recording 50 books, you can return to the library with the log and get a small prize. For every 50 books read, patrons can come back in and get another prize. The goal is to reach a total of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Parents Are First Teachers To Children
Parents are their child’s first teacher and reading to them as often as you can will give them the best possible preparation for a lifetime of reading. You can read anything that interests your child. You can repeat books, read e-books, sing books, retell the story yourselves—everything counts for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! You can start the program at birth or whenever you’d like before Kindergarten. It’s just for fun for everyone. No pressure! Visiting the library and getting a reward are just a small bonus compared to the gift of reading together!
More Information About 1000 Book To Read Before Kindergarten
For more information about this program visit our KPL website. For a recent news article about the program see Second Wave Media’s article on 1000 Books To Read Before Kindergarten. And check out our recent interview with WMUK.
Reading Is A Gift Parents Give To Their Children
Reading aloud to your child builds important skills for them in addition to providing a great bonding activity with you. While you are reading, they are hearing phonetic sounds and vocabulary words. The more words a child hears in their earliest years, the more they will be prepared to comprehend words when they are later learning to read. The importance of talking with and reading to children to develop their vocabulary has long been backed up by research in early childhood development.
Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics has even launched a campaign to remind parents to read to their children from birth on. When kids are hearing someone read, they are learning that printed text has meaning, how to hold a book, how we read from left to right, and that reading is fun and can teach us what we want to know! All of these skills lay the groundwork for becoming independent readers in the future!
How Kalamazoo Public Library Can Help
We’re here as a resource for the community and look forward to inspiring your kids to read. Feel free to ask us questions about reading, join our weekly story times, participate in our children’s programs, ask us for books recommendations… We’re here to help.
About The Guest Contributor
Andrea Vernola is the Children’s Programming Librarian at Kalamazoo Public Library in Kalamazoo, MI. She loves Michigan’s lakeshore and the kind people of the Kalamazoo community. Most of all, she loves reading with kids!