Open to babies through preschool. Sponsored by the Friends of Petersburg's Libraries!
How to Participate:
1. Start a Reading Log
Decide how you want to track your reading. Here are some ideas:
- Use the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App
- Print out a reading log
- Make a blank book to write down the books you read.
2. Track Your Reading
Each time you read a book with your child, record the title in your reading log.
3. Show us Your Reading Log at Milestones
- At each 100 book milestone, visit the library during Toddler Time or Open Play for a sticker & photo.
- At 500 books receive a new book to take home - and keep!
- At 1,000 books receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Sing Lee Alley Books.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?
You log each book you read to your child. If you read the same book 10 times, just log the book ten times.
Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by a nanny or day care provider? Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.
Do the books have to be library books? No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.
What if a child can read before starting kindergarten? Does it count when children read books by themselves? Reading is an important activity for adults to do with children, so if your child reads to you, that counts too!
My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them? As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts!
What happens when my child starts kindergarten? Do we have to stop? You can keep participating in the program until December of the year your child starts kindergarten.