Tips for Reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It is never too early to start reading to your child! If your child learns early to associate reading with pleasure, they are more likely to enjoy reading on their own when they is older.  Here are 7 tips to get you started:

Keep it fun & enjoyable: Children like to do what is fun & enjoyable. Stories should rarely be read in a monotone voice. Bring out the inner actor in yourself. Change your voice, make sounds, & laugh. Most of all, make it fun & enjoyable!
Hold your child while you read: While you are still able to (provided that he/she hasn't grown too big), hold your child while you read. Does he/she have a favorite blanket or toy? If so, incorporate the blanket or toy into your reading. For example, try using the blanket to create a fort. Maybe you can read to the favorite toy.

Interact with your child: Give your child the opportunity to read along. Ask a lot of questions. Although most books can probably be read in less than five minutes, lengthen the reading process through discussion and interaction.

Read books about what interests your child: Is your child excited about Dora the Explorer? What about Peppa Pig? Maybe Curious George? Try to find books about things that interest your child. When your child is old enough to visit the library (we believe children are never too young), take him or her to choose his or her own books.

Incorporate reading into a daily routine: Does your child like to be read to in the morning, after lunch, dinner, or at bedtime? Make reading something that your child looks forward to every day. At the same time, do not make reading a rote and mundane event. If your child wants to skip his or her daily reading, that's okay too.

Repetition: Does your child like to be read the same story over and over? That's okay, and these re-reads count toward your 1000 books goal. Go ahead and read the same stories again and again. Your child will start enjoying the repetition and become familiar with the way stories are organized.

Keep track of your child's success: Keep track of your child's success using the 1000 Books before Kindergarten log. Give your child praise after he or she reads a certain amount of books with you. Soon, your child will be asking you to "write down" the books after he or she reads them!