10 Ways to Explore a Book: “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” Alternative

A really cool early literacy idea from Homer, Alaska. Love the poster as a great call to action/experience.

never shushed

At a recent regional early literacy workshop, a few of us we’re tossing around the idea of starting a “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program at our individual libraries. There so many librarians out there who have successfully adopted the idea that it seemed like a no-brainer. More reading = higher literacy rates.

As we talked though, I decided not to do the program. We couldn’t get away from the idea that numbers can be intimidating, especially for families that aren’t regular storytime attendees or adults that are not confident readers themselves. We were also a bit intimidated by the numbers. By that I mean we were worried about committing to more record keeping since many of us work in libraries with few staff. We agreed that we ultimately wanted the focus to be on the story experience not the number of stories. So I came up with this…

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