Mid-Continent Public Library, in cooperation with the 1000 Books Foundation, invites you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your children before they start kindergarten.
If you read just one book a night, you will read 365 books in a year. In two years, the number will grow to 730. In the third year, you will surpass the goal at 1,095 books. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at age 5 or 6, you have more time than you think and it’s never too late to start!
Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you, whether you are reading books your family owns, picking them out on a visit to the library, or downloading them onto an e-reader device. Experts agree that children who learn the necessary skills early do better in school and later in life. Participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten can help put your child on the right track.
Paige loves to read and learn new words. She is so excited to read when she gets up in the morning that she doesn’t always check to make sure her socks match!
How does the program work?
- Pick out books at home or at the Library and start reading to your pre-kindergarten age child today!
- Keep track of the titles of the books you read or that a care-giver or family member might read to your child.
Attending storytime or participating in the Summer Reading Program at the Library also counts towards your total! You may read a book multiple times if it’s a family favorite. The book logs will make a great keepsake item for your child later on.
You can track books by:
- Downloading an MCPL 1000 Book log
- Requesting a book log at the information desk when you visit a branch
- Download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App
Bring each 100-book log to or show the log in the app on your device at an MCPL branch to pick up your completion certificate. Certificates can be posted in your child’s room or placed in a scrapbook to commemorate the achievement.
What happens when we complete 1,000 books?
Your child will receive a special completion medal and certificate for display in your home. Best of all you and your child will feel the pride of accomplishment of reaching this goal together.
I have questions!
Who can participate?
Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Do we have to read 1,000 different books?
You may repeat titles as often as you like. The purpose of the program is to spend the time reading together.
How long will the program take?
The program can take anywhere from a few months or a few years. The program allows you as the parent to set the pace and when you finish will depend on how often you read together.
How many of my children can participate?
If you have more than one child that is pre-kindergarten age, all may participate and can count books on individual logs.
Our family has had a great experience with the program. How can I share our story with the Library?
We’d love to share your story! You can visit mymcpl.org/MyStory and tell us your story in your own words.