1000 Books before Kindergarten

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1000 Books before Kindergarten
Merced County Library

1000 Books before Kindergarten, a program of the Merced County Library, invites families to boost the brain power of their babies and young children by reading them 1000 books before they enter Kindergarten. Reading books to children is a fun way to spend time together, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents read aloud to their children daily.

Families can register their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for 1000 Books before Kindergarten at any branch of the Merced County Library. The Library offers developmentally appropriate literature for young children and reading activities such as “Story Time.” It also helps families document their progress towards reading 1000 books, celebrates the milestones that families reach along the way, and hosts graduation ceremonies for children who complete the program.

The goals of 1000 Books before Kindergarten in Merced County include increasing the brain power of young participants, nurturing the parent-child bond, and eventually improving literacy rates in the county. The program also seeks to build a community of families engaged in reading and learning at the Merced County Library.

The Library wishes to thank the Friends of the Merced County Library for its support of 1000 Books before Kindergarten. It also acknowledges that the program name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation;  at  visit the Foundation website.

For more information about the program, contact Ericka Chilcoat at ericka.chilcoat@mercedcountylibrary.org

Great books for Young Children available at Merced County Libraries.


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