Take the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 1 in 3 American kids start Kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read. With your help, your child does not have to be one of them. This program is sponsored by the Lake County Public Library Foundation!

What is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge?

The Challenge is a nation-wide initiative to help kids get ready to read by encouraging parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to kids. If you read just one book a day with your child, you'll reach the 1000 book goal in less than three years - but we know you'll read more than that!

How Do I Start and What Do I Get?

Your child's academic success is its own reward, but the library will also be offering incentives for families who sign up for this challenge.

You can sign up at any branch, and you can sign up multiple children. You'll get a reading tracker with 100 spaces to fill in. Just mark one every time your child hears a book, whether it's at library storytime, in daycare, or at bedtime - anything counts!

When the tracker is full, bring it back to the library to get your next one! The program is self-paced so you can go as quickly or as slowly as your child needs. Talk to a librarian today to get started!

Children Taking the Challenge: over 1,104!

Books Read So Far: over 76,600!

Stats from the Read Aloud 15 Minutes National Campaign:

• Only 48% of young children are read to each day in America. • Birth to age 3 are critical years for developing language skills.
• The number of words a child knows when entering kindergarten is a predictor of his or her future academic success. • Reading aloud to a child gets them ready to read on their own by building crucial comprehension skills.