Reading a book to your kids before bed is a habit for many families, but Marathon County Libraries are challenging families to read 1,000 books to their kids before they reach kindergarten. While 1,000 books may seem like an impossible number to reach, it's easier, and more beneficial than you think.
"I like to read," says 5 year old Corben Green.
Janice Green and her son, Corben, are getting ready to head to kindergarten.
"We read 5 books a night because he's 5 years old," she explains, "so he gets to pick out 5 books every night and we read them."
The Marathon County Libraries want your kids to be ready to learn by challenging families to read 1,000 books before you send your kids off to kindergarten.
"It's just a way to help give parents some guidance on reading to their kids," explains Amy Ryan, an assistant librarian, " the preschool age children, before they get to kindergarten to increase their learning potential, get familiar with books, and maybe even get them reading before kindergarten."
Amy says it's never too soon to crack a book.
"Reading to children, even as young as 1 week old is huge," says Amy, "it helps get them accustom to language, hearing words, associating words with things and just the rhythms of language."
For now, Corben and his mom will keep turning pages and stay excited for kindergarten.
If you'd like to sign up for the program, visit the Marathon County Public Library Website
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