Eaton County 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

How Does the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Work?

Getting Started
Print a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log (Color-in log or list log) or download the free reading log app on your smartphone and start reading.

The 1000 BBK App
iPhone App available on iTunes
Android App available on Google Play

Track Your Reading
Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your reading log or on the app.

Show Us Your Reading Log
Each time you and your child reach a reading milestone (each 100 books) bring in your reading log to any one of the following locations and get your sticker and book.

  • Charlotte Community Library
  • Delta Township District Library
  • Eaton County Great Start
  • Grand Ledge Area District Library
  • Potterville Benton Township District Library
  • Vermontville Township Library

1000 Books Celebration
Each year, we are planning a county-wide 1000 Books Celebration for all the children and families that are involved in the program. Watch for more details to come in the Spring.

Why 1000 books?
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten.

Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15-20 minutes a day, families can prepare their little ones for future school and life success!

If a child reads for 20 minutes every day, they are exposed to about 1.8 mil-lion words of text every year. That is 137 words per minute!If families read together for 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week, they get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year!

For every year you read with your child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000. You make a $250,000 gift to your child from birth to age 5 by reading aloud, just 20 minutes a day!
Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3–4 times more likely to drop out in later years.

This program is collaboratively brought to you by

Charlotte Community Library
Charlotte Community Nursery Preschool
Children’s Village
Delta Township District Library
Eaton County Great Start
First Lutheran Preschool & Daycare
Grand Ledge Area District Library
Great Start Readiness Program
Head Start
Parents as Teachers
Potterville Benton Township District Library
St. Mary School
Vermontville Township Library

For more information, please visit Eaton County’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

To learn more about this national program visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten