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 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
Can you take the 1KB4K challenge?

One third of children who enter school do so without the skills needed to learn to read. These students find learning to read harder and start at a disadvantage.

Children who are exposed to books regularly are better prepared for school. We encourage you to plant the seeds of success by taking the 1KB4K challenge: read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Reading together, or shared reading, is the most effective way to help children become proficient readers (ECRR, 2011). It helps children develop early literacy skills such as oral language, phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge. With a strong foundation in these six skills, children can learn to read more easily.

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teachers. Stop by the library to pick up a reading log, or print one (PDF) and start reading today.

1KB4K is part of Round Rock Public Library's Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

Did you know that if you read three books a day with your child, you will have read more than 1,000 books in a single year?


American Library Association. (2011). Every Child Ready to Read @ your library, 2nd edition Manual and CD. Chicago.


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