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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
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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. 

The goal of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is to help guide parents and children on their paths toward developing and sustaining a healthy daily dose of reading aloud age-appropriate literature.

Reading is Key to Early Development
Numerous studies over the years have demonstrated the connection between reading and early stimulation for brain development, the acquisition of key literacy and language skill as well as a child’s increased proclivity for future academic success. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read aloud to children daily.

" By the time a child is 3 years old, a baby’s brain has formed about 1,000 trillion connections. That's about twice as many as adults have. " --North Dakota State University

" The “prime time” for language development and learning to talk is from birth to 10 years of age. Children are learning language during this entire period. However, the “prime time” for language learning is the first few years of life. Children need to hear you constantly talk, sing and read to them during these early years. Respond to their babbling and language efforts." --North Dakota State University

" Scientists now know a major ingredient in this developmental process is the “serve and return” relationship between children and their parents and other caregivers in the family or community. Young children naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures, and adults respond with the same kind of vocalizing and gesturing back at them. In the absence of such responses—or if the responses are unreliable or inappropriate—the brain’s architecture does not form as expected, which can lead to disparities in learning and behavior. " --Harvard University

" Research in brain development shows there are certain windows of opportunity, known as sensitive periods, when certain parts of the brain develop most quickly. These windows are prime times for learning certain skills because the brain is ready to build networks of connections in response to what the five senses absorb. " Learn More About Prime Times for Learning from the University of Georgia

Does It Sound Hard?
It’s not! Check out the chart below to see how many books per week or month you need to read to achieve 1000 books! 

How Much Do I Need to Read?

 Time Until Kindergarten Books Per Week Books Per Month
 6 Years
5.5 Years 4 15
5 Years 4 17
4.5 Years 4 19
4 Years 5 21
3.5 Years 6 24
3 Years 7 28
2.5 Years 8 33
2 Years 10 42
1.5 Years 13 56
1 Year 19 84
6 Months 39 167