On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).
The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your children reach a milestone, give him/her a small reward (stickers, backpacks, books). When your child has read 100 books, bring them to the library to receive their free book tote bag. When they have read 500 books, they will receive a free book. When they read 1000 books and have completed the program, they will receive a ten-dollar gift card for Barnes and Noble!