The journey to academic success begins long before a child sets foot in a classroom. In fact, the foundation for learning and literacy is laid in the earliest years of life. Research consistently shows the critical importance of early childhood literacy, revealing insights into the profound impact of reading on a child's cognitive development and future educational achievements.

Consider these thought-provoking findings:

  1. Brain Growth: Did you know that the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five? By age three, a child's brain is already 85% formed, highlighting the incredible potential for learning and growth during these formative years.

  2. Language Acquisition: Reading to children regularly is not just about storytelling—it's about building vocabulary and language skills. Studies show that children who are read to frequently learn almost 300 more words by age two than their peers who aren't exposed to regular reading.

  3. Growing a Reader: Given the course of brain development, it is not surprising that young children who are exposed to certain early language and literacy experiences usually prove to be good readers later. Just as a child develops language skills long before being able to speak, the child also develops literacy skills long before being able to read

  4. Educational Success: One of the most significant predictors of early educational success is the introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school. Children who have been exposed to books and reading from an early age are better equipped to thrive academically once they enter the classroom.

Given these compelling insights, it's clear that investing in early literacy is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our children. That's why we're thrilled to re-introduce the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Bay County Library System—a fun and engaging initiative designed to foster a love of reading and prepare children for academic success.

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

This nationwide challenge encourages parents and caregivers to embark on a reading journey with their children, aiming to read 1000 books together before the child enters kindergarten. By reading just one book a night, families can reach this goal in three years, laying a strong foundation for literacy and learning.

Why Participate?

  1. School Readiness: Reading to children from an early age helps develop essential literacy skills, preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

  2. Brain Development: Reading stimulates brain growth and cognitive processes, fostering curiosity, imagination, and critical thinking skills.

  3. Parent-Child Bonding: Sharing books with children is not only educational but also a wonderful opportunity for bonding and creating cherished memories together.

How to Get Started:

  1. Register: Sign up for the program at any Bay County Library branch and receive a tracking log and special book bag for your child to kick off their reading adventure.

  2. Read and Record: Keep track of the books you read together using our reading log or the convenient READsquared website/app. Each box on your tracking log represents a book title read. Cross off or color in a box as you read books together and get closer to the 1000-book goal.

  3. Earn Prizes: As your child progresses through the program, they'll receive small incentives along the way to celebrate their achievements. Completing the program not only instills a love of reading but also earns them a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Invest in your child's future today by joining the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Together, we can inspire a lifelong passion for reading and set the stage for a bright and successful academic journey. Let's empower our children to reach their full potential through the magic of storytelling and the joy of reading.


Are you ready to begin? For more information about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, click here.

Published by on February 20, 2024
Last Modified June 19, 2024