1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
By participating in this program it encourages parents to read to their children frequently. Studies have shown that children who are read to from an early age gives them a headstart, prepares them for school, develops a love of reading, and builds the foundation for skills that they will need when they learn to read on their own. To log your child's reading, please visit ccld.readsquared.com.
If you have already used READSquared, either during the summer or winter reading events, you may use this log in information, access your My Account settings and add your child. If you have not used READSquared before you will need to create an account by clicking on "Register" allowing you to create your account, and parents cna choose to either register just their child(ren) or themselves and their child(ren). If you need help setting up your account, please visit with any one of our friendly staff members for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do we have to read books from the Library?
No, they can be books from any where at any time - your home, grandma's, preschool, other libraries.
2. What should I read?
You can read any type of book. If you are having difficulty in finding the right book come into any one of our libraries and chat with our friendly staff, as they can point you in the right direction.
3. Can I count my child's favorite book more than once?
Yes, you can enter the title more than once and are eligible to enter it every time you read it.
4. Can I count the books that are read at story time?
Of course, ask one of the librarians to write down the titles of the books read during story time and you can add them to your reading log.
5. My child "reads" books to himself. Should I count those?
No, while it's a great start, if they are only mimicking or pretending to read, you shouldn't count these books. But congratulate yourself for influencing an enthusiastic early reader!
6. How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
There is no official end date. You have as long as you need to read. So don't rush, take your time and enjoy reading with your child(ren).
What Should I Look For When Choosing Books?
Infants 0-12 Months:
- Books with simple, large pictures or designs with bright colors. Images should be of familiar objects or other babies.
- Small, stiff cardboard (board books) made specifically for small hands
- Washable cloth books to cuddle and mouth
- Vinyl or plastic books to use during bath time.
Books for Young Toddlers 12-24 Months:
- Sturdy books that they can carry and handle
- Books with children doing familiar tasks (i.e., sleeping, eating, playing, etc.)
- Books with only a few words on the pages
- Simple rhyming
- Predictable text
Books for Toddlers 2-3 Years:
- Books that tell simple stories
- Books with rhymes and rthyms they can learn by heart
- Food, animals, vehicles, bedtime, princesses are favorite subjects
- Books about saying hello and good-bye (great for separation anxiety)
Books for 3-6 Years:
- Books that tell stories
- Books about kids who live and look like them
- Stories about children who are different from them (i.e., apperance, country, etc.)
- Books about counting, ABCs, shapes, and sizes
- Books about making friends and going to school
Tips for Reading with Your Child(ren)
- Find a quiet spot that is comfortable and allows you to sit together.
- Turn the TV, cell phone, music, all distractions off
- Read the book to yourself first so that you know what is going to happen and you can pace your voice to the action in the story
- Talk about one or two of the pictures in the book
- When reading a male or female voice make your voice match the character
- Slow down or speed up your voice depending of the differing tempos of the story, make the story come alive