1000 Books Before Kindergarten

· Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood.

· The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during the lifespan. 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 important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

· East Rockaway or Lynbrook residents with children ages  0—5 years can sign up their child  starting  April 11, 2016

· Register at the Children’s Desk and receive a folder for your child containing a welcome letter, reading suggestions, early literacy tips, your first reading log for books 1 to 100 and more.

· Keep track of  the books you read to your child in  your reading log.

· Come to the library after every 100 books that you read for a sticker, certificate and a new reading log.  There will be other special giveaways along the way to 1000 books!

· Have fun and READ, READ, READ! It’s a wonderful way to connect with your child and help  them develop early literacy skills and help prepare them for school.