Read Aloud Joy with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read Aloud Joy with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that the developing brain triples in growth in the first year alone, and is almost fully formed by age five? Or that a big predictor of student success is how many words a child hears between birth and age three?

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That’s why it’s so important that along with their fruits and veggies, babies and toddlers get fed a rich diet of words and pictures. Books are a wonderful way to introduce your child to new words and concepts, build memory and excite curiosity.  Reading together is also a great bonding experience for both of you – and the “bookjoy” you share with your kid will teach them that reading is pleasurable and fun.

To help share the joy, the Urbandale Public Library has joined the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This national initiative encourages you to read aloud with your child as often as possible and makes it extra fun with some great rewards.

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When you register for the program, you get to pick out a free book for your home library. As you reach milestones along the way, you get to come back to the library and “shop” for another in our special storeroom. When you reach your goal, you will be invited to our 1,000 Books Celebration – a party that celebrates your achievement!

The Library’s Book Babies and Toddler Times also encourage early literacy skills with useful tips, fun games, and early literacy handouts. They are a great source of ideas about how to turn everyday activities into learning adventures.    

Right now you might be thinking, can we really read 1,000 books? Absolutely! If you begin early, you can reach your goal by reading three or four books a week. With one year before your child starts school, you can reach your goal by reading three books a day. With 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you’ll be ready to blast off in no time!

About the Author

Kate Thompson is the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Project Assistant at the Urbandale Public Library. She’s mom to two sons and they love exploring all the great libraries in the metro area.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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