The Arlington County Public Library System is officially our second-favorite ever—after our own, of course, because, you know, loyalty and all that. Why, you ask? Because they have instated an awesome reading program for the under-5 set: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Now before you go all, “How is a pre-schooler going to read 1,000 books? Before kindergarten? Solo?!” allow us to explain. The program is all about encouraging families to introduce children to language at an early age. Counted in the 1,000 books are of course those parents read to their children, those they are read from during pre-school and library programs and those they “read” over and over again. The library web site details that if you read a child three books a day (think: short picture books at bed time), that comes out to over 1,000 books a year. Hello, cinchy goal.
This Washington Post story profiles prolific “reader” Chloe Leitmann-Morales, 3, and her parents, who read to her in Spanish and English pretty much constantly. Chloe’s favorite things? Her books.
Talk about a girl after our own hearts—and a lib doing a world of good for its community (more than 500 families have signed up so far).
Now tell us: What was your hands-down favorite book to have read to you when you were little?