Read to Succeed

By Zoë Herdt, Youth Specialist
June 30, 2022

In the enchanting world of childhood literacy, an undeniable truth shines brightly: when children are exposed to the wonders of storytelling at home, their educational journey becomes a tale of triumphs. Enter the extraordinary 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program—a beacon of hope and knowledge.

Through the remarkable voyage of a child's growth, the first 1,000 days emerge as a pivotal period when the brain undergoes its most rapid development. Astonishingly, a toddler's brain forms up to two million new connections per second, with early experiences and interactions playing a crucial role in shaping this intricate neural landscape. The peak time for acquiring language skills occurs before the age of six, emphasizing the lifelong impact of early literacy proficiency on educational and occupational success. Numerous studies have established that by age 3, a child’s brain has reached 80% of its adult volume. Amidst this complex tapestry, a single act shines as the most significant predictor of success: the cherished practice of reading to children at home during their formative years. Reading stands as the key that unlocks a world of potential, setting the stage for a thriving educational journey and a brighter future.

Library patron Emily and her daughter, Maggie, are participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which helps children strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Maggie and her older brother Michael have been tracking their books for a little over a year. Maggie has just officially finished this challenge this summer!

"We absolutely LOVE Winter Park Library and the 1000 Books Challenge! It's so motivational for both kids to be able to go back and look at what they've achieved. In addition to books, we've loved checking out Launchpads, art kits, and Walking Classroom podcasts from the kids' section at the Library." - Emily

Take on the challenge of reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with your little one! Reading is a fantastic bonding experience for you and your child. An emphasis on early literacy is also tied to positive learning outcomes later in life. 1000 books may seem daunting, but every book counts – including re-reads. Are you a storytime regular? Good news, books read during storytime count too!


How to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten:

  • 1 book per day for 3 years = 1095 books
  • 10 books per week for 2 years = 1040 books
  • 3 books per day for 1 year = 1095 books

To join, sign up on Beanstack. Then stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk to receive a badge book that’s yours to keep. Once your child has completed the challenge, come back for a special prize pack!

And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to join our Summer Reading Challenge. You can count books towards both goals and earn prizes!