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One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program that challenges you to read 1000 books with your child before they start school. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills which are key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

It is easy to participate! Here’s how:

  1. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.
  2. Read to your child.
  3. Color in a shape on your Road to Reading log for each book you read. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read to your child at library storytime, at daycare, or by others also count!
  4. For every 100 books you read, you’ll receive a different  Road to Reading log and a sticker. Each log will include early literacy tips to help you share the love of reading with your child.
  5. When you reach 100, 300, and 600 books read, bring your sheets to the library and  receive a prize for reaching these milestones.
  6. After finishing 1000 books, your child receives a book and a certificate, and gets an awesome jumpstart on success in school.

Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way. The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, free programs, and great suggestions for what to read. Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff – we are here to help you.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is sponsored by the Menomonee Falls Library Friends.