The objectives of this 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten are:

  • to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers
  • to encourage parent and child bonding through reading

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.

Get started by signing your child up at the Scott County Library. It is easy! We give you a bookmark to check off a box every time you read a book (if you read the same book five times, check five boxes!). When you fill each 100 bookmark, bring it in to the library to have a picture taken of your child’s accomplishment and receive the next bookmark. After you read 1,000 books receive a special prize! Image of children reading a book.  1000 books Before Kindergarten. Read it and Reap!