Library Challenges Parents to Read 1,000 Books to Children Before Kindergarten

Monday, January 12, 2015

If you’re still thinking about New Year’s resolutions, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) has a suggestion: read aloud to your children. Today the library launched “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” a program challenging parents and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books with children from birth through kindergarten.

“Reading aloud to young children is one of the most effective ways to build literacy skills and help prepare children for success in school,” said Katie Cerqua, youth and family services manager at VBPL. “Reading for just 15 minutes a day makes a difference.” 

Extensive research spotlights the positive effects of reading and early literacy. In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever policy statement on literacy, calling on pediatricians to inform parents about the benefits of reading.

To participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, families may visit any VBPL branch to pick up a folder and book log to record their reading. After reading 100 books together, parents return the log, receive a sticker for the child and pick up a new log. After completing 10 full logs/1,000 books, the child receives a certificate and a book bag.
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The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program would not be possible without continued support from the Friends of VBPL and a generous donation from Newtown Building Supplies, Inc.   

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