The Otsego District Library is excited to offer 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to local preschool aged children along with ten other Allegan County Libraries! The Allegan County Library Association has partnered with the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center, who has given a $7000 grant to fund supplies for the children of Allegan County for five years!
Developing literacy skills begins at birth and continues through toddler and preschool years. The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them. A well written picture book is three times richer in vocabulary than conversation. Talk, sing, read, write, and play with your child to help them get ready to read. Visiting the library with your child also helps instill the excitement for reading into their life!
What does reading 1000 book look like?
- ONE book each day for 3 years
- TEN books each day for 2 years
- TWENTY books each day for 1 Year
How does this program work?
Sign up at the library for our easy, fun, FREE, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Any child that has not started kindergarten is eligible to participate. Anyone in Allegan County can sign up at their home library for this program. Tell your Allegan County friends to check their libraries for this exciting program! Sign up at your home library and get your welcome packet and first tracking sheet. Most importantly, read for the fun of it and enjoy the time with your child! You can also check out the 1000 Books Foundation app on your Apple device.
Reading Log Sheets
As your child reads they can keep track of their books on these fun and easy-to-use tracking sheets. Download and print at home or pick up from the library – call ahead of time to pick up in the drive thru. Your child will receive an incentive prize when they have made it half way (500 books) to the goal of reaching 1000 books!
Once your child has completed their final log sheet they will receive an amazing “I READ 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN” book bag with a variety of exciting prizes including the choice of their own books! Your child can also have their photo taken and posted on our social media for all to congratulate their exciting accomplishment!