Set children on the path to success ... one book at a time!
Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Denver Public Library.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The Denver Public Library is making reading fun by giving babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who sign up for the program incentives to help encourage them to reach their goal. When parents sign their child up at the library, they will get a reading log to track the first 100 books. Once the child has read 100 books, they can bring the log into the library for a small prize, such as a rubber duck, crayons, or a coloring book. They will also get a sticker and a new reading log to track the next 100 books. When they reach 500 books, the child receives a free book, and when they reach the goal of 1,000 books they get a certificate of completion along with another book.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is free and available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open now! For more information or to sign your children up, stop by the Denver Public Library or visit the library website at www.denver.lib.ia.us.
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