1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K)?

A national program that promotes reading to children ages 0-5. Reading to children early and often improves pre-literacy skills and word knowledge and helps parents and children bond. Cabarrus County Public Library has adopted the program and integrated the five “Every Child Ready to Read” pillars—reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking - to provide a full range of activities and themes that foster lifelong learning.

Who can participate/Who is this program for?

This program is for children between the ages of 0 and 5, and their caregivers. Every child in this age range is welcome to participate!

What are the requirements? What materials are needed, if any?

Parents/caregivers can sign their children up for the program online or through the Beanstack app. If they do not wish to participate online, they can sign up in person at any library location. After sign up, they can pick up a folder of materials to help them along the way. These items are optional and free, and will also be available to view or print online.

What are the program dates?

This program is perpetually open to new participants! There are no set deadlines, other than the goal of reaching 1,000 books read before the child reaches Kindergarten. Once enrolled in the program, you can participate at a pace that best suits your child’s needs, and track your progress online, through the Beanstack app, or manually.

What will children gain by participating?

A child's brain develops most rapidly during the first 2-3 years of life. Reading to them during that time is a significant component of literacy development, language skills, critical thinking abilities, and fosters creativity and imagination. These are all indicators of future academic success!

Once a child reaches the 500 books milestone, they are eligible to pick up a prize bag at the library! Families who finish the program and reach 1,000 books will receive an invitation to a special, annual celebration recognizing their achievement and hard work.

How will this benefit parents/family members as well?

Babies and young children are comforted by their parents’ voices, and reading a book daily can help forge strong bonds between caregivers and children.

How can Cabarrus County Public Library help us reach 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

There are a million ways to reach 1,000 books, and the library is here to help you find them! In addition to having an endless variety of books to read in different formats (e-books, books with audio, print books, launchpads, and more), library staff are here to support you. Librarians can help guide you to books that work best for your family, give you tips on making reading time more fun and successful, and encourage you along the way. We have book bundles for families who need to grab a variety of books on the go. If you want book selections tailored for you but don’t have the time or ability to come in to consult with staff, you can complete a takeout order online and library staff will pull items just for you. See below for more tips and resources to help you along the way!

More questions? Contact us at 704-920-2050 or library@cabarruscounty.us.

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