Missouri library launches ‘1000 Books before Kindergarten’ initiative
In the US, St Louis County Library in Missouri has launched a new program called ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ to encourage parents to start reading to children early and often, reports St Louis Public Radio. Families can participate in the program by picking up a reading log at the library and recording each time a book is read. When families hit milestones they will be rewarded with prizes, including stickers, books and small toys, and when they reach 1000 books they will receive a drawstring bag with a book, modelling clay and school supplies. Library director Kristen Sorth said the new program builds on the library’s Born to Read program, which issues library cards to St Louis County infants at birth. ‘Studies really show that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth strengthen language skills and build vocabulary. And those are just two very important skills to have when they start kindergarten,’ said Sorth.