Studies have shown that reading books to your children each and every day is the single biggest factor to their early reading readiness and the development of cognitive skills. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. 

Reading to children will:

  • increase their vocabulary,
  • increase their listening and narrative skills,
  • help to instill in them self-awareness and confidence,
  • impart an understanding of their place in the world.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources of their public libraries.

The goal is to have read 1,000 books to your little one before they start kindergarten. Does this sound difficult? Consider this: If you read just 2 books a day to your child you will reach the 1,000 book goal in under 18 months!

To sign your child up for the 1,000 book challenge click HERE and fill out the Wadleigh library online registration form.

Then, after signing up, visit the Wadleigh Library Children’s Room to get a swag bag with goodies and a tracking sheet. Check in with them after every 100 books you read to earn prizes and take a fun selfie!

NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by CHILIS and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.