Love Reading? Take The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge
Are you looking for ways to encourage literacy amongst your children? 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten helps with just that! Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one start kindergarten. It’s easy to register for, and fun to log what you and your family are reading. Check into your local library to see what rewards they offer, and info on how to begin your 1,000 Books! Their site also includes a great list of 1,000 books your child should hear before kindergarten.
Here are the links to some of our neighborhood library’s 1,000 Books programs:
Summer Reading programs will be coming up soon! They typically start the first week of June, Keep an eye on your local libraries and check back with us for more information! Most libraries offer children’s programs, story times, and other special events. Keep your kiddo plugged in over summer break, and take advantage of these free activities in your neighborhood.
While we (im)patiently wait for summer, here’s some “must have” books, compiled by an educator, mama of toddlers, and lover of language development.
Bedtime Read Alouds
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy TIllman
Mama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Wherever You Are by Nancy Tillman
We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura JoffeNumeroff
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin/Eric Carle
First 100 Words (Bright Baby) by Roger Priddy
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Diggers Go by Steve Light
Peek a Who by Nina Laden
Back to the midwest I’ve come! I grew up in a small town in Indiana, then moved to Dallas for a while. When I became a mother to 2 boys in 2 years, we longed to be closer to family. Grafton has been a great start to our new life here with our boys Dane (2) and Duke (1). I was a teacher before moving north, and love to get my guys out, providing them rich and educational opportunities! Wisconsin Busy Kids has been my “go-to” for finding resources and family fun in our new hometown!
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