My local library has teamed up with this organization: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. When we lived in the city, our library branches did a similar early literacy program called ‘Raising a Reader’. Kids kept track of their books with special coloring sheets and children received a free book for every 100 books read. It was a great way to build your home library.
The main difference between the two programs is the library didn’t care if you read 1,000 different books, the goal was to read 1,000 times. You could count the same book each time you read it. This is great since toddlers love repetition and often want you to re-read the same old favorites again and again. I signed baby #1 up just after her 2nd birthday and we finished 1,000 books in 10 months. We try to read every day together, but it does’t always happen.
I also kept a book journal to track the titles we read so I could remember which books were her favorites. I figured this would make it fun and also give me gift ideas for other kids who were that age. We used a basic black & white composition book from the dollar store and decorated it (fun fine motor skill practice in action!)
Now that we have moved out of the city, I see that our new library has joined the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten organization and you can track the books read through a smart phone app. I think this idea is fun but not as engaging as coloring in your book sheets and turning them into your local librarian for fun prizes and free books. It was more about community building and using the library (local resources) that made the program so successful.
I am on the fence about using the app. I love to track things and would love to know how many books I read to baby #2 but it feel generic.
Have you used this app? What do you think about it?