1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 booksShaker Library and 1000 Books Foundation invite you to participate in a program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten. The program is free, the rewards are priceless, and it’s easy to participate.

Here’s what you have to do:

Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding as well as preparing him or her for school. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you.

Keep track of the books you share. Keep a record of the titles in a notebook or journal, on our reading log sheets, or use the app for your iPhone or iPad.

Start reading early. Begin any time from your child’s birth until he or she enters Kindergarten. Read at your own pace and enjoy your time together.

Every book counts! Keep a record of the books you read to your child. You may include the books read to him or her by caregivers, teachers, librarians, or siblings. You can even repeat books.

For every 100 books shared, visit Shaker Library and receive a special certificate. Your baby book will be filled with special memories of the stories you have shared.

For more information visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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