The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents read 1,000 books aloud to their children before entering kindergarten. That sounds like a lot of books, but if you read only one book a day, you will finish in under three years.
And the benefits are enormous:
- You'll strengthen your parent-child relationship.
- You'll stimulate brain development.
- You'll build language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.
- You'll introduce your child to a vibrant literary culture filled with wonderful stories and characters.
In short, you'll be giving your child a great start to a meaningful life! We have created a special section of books in the Children's Department to get you started. These are favorite stories that everyone should hear at least once. Some are classics such as Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. Others are newer stories such as A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.
We encourage you to begin reading to your child as a baby, or even sooner during pregnancy. Language is soothing and enriching for your child from a very young age.
Ready to get started? Stop by the Children's Reference Desk and show your Ela Area Public Library card to sign up. You will get a log to keep track of your reading and a tote bag to carry all of your books!
Already signed up? Print extra reading logs here.
For even more information, check out the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website.