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.
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?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM