This fall, the Plano Public Libraries are excited to introduce the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Your goal is to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts school. Sound like a lot of books? Well, it’s not as many as you think. If you read just 1 book a day, that’s 365 books each year. That means you’d reach 1,000 books in less than 3 years! Plus, you can count any book that is read to your child, including the books you hear each week in storytime. Repeated books count too, so be sure to include all your favorites.
If you’re looking for a way to track your progress online, be sure to check out the official 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten by 1000 Books Foundation
Requires: iOS 7.0 or later or Android 2.3 and up
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app lets you track your reading activity electronically. Even better, you can track the progress of more than one reader in your family. You can scan books into your library, then mark the ones you’ve read. When you first start, you’ll need to set up an account with your email address and password. You’ll need to input a name and a zip code, to assist in case your information needs to be retrieved. Once you’ve created your account, you can add your readers by entering a name and, if you want, a custom photo for each reader.
Next, you’ll need to build a library of books. From the “Library” tab, you can add books by searching, scanning, or manually adding a title. Books can be searched by title, author, publisher, subject, and ISBN, though the ISBN search is easiest. Once you’ve found your title, you can save it to your library.
From your “Readers” tab, you can add books as your child reads them. Simply choose, “Finished a Book” to access your library, and then click the book you read. You’ll need to confirm that you read each title by selecting “Yes” to the confirmation message, which will then add the title to your counter. For each reader, you can see your progress towards the 1000 books goal.
Ready to start reading? Stop by any branch of the Plano Public Libraries to learn more about the program. You can track your progress on the app, or by picking up paper logs at any library branch. You’ll earn milestone prizes for every 100 books you read, and a special gift at 1000 books. Join us for storytime or other library programs this fall, and keep reading. Be sure to check out the Engage brochure online or in the library for more information about upcoming programs. Happy reading!