Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Nesmith Library Youth Services department is proud to support the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! The goal is to read 1,000 books together before your child starts kindergarten. This might sound like a daunting task, but by focusing on daily reading habits as a family, it's an easy goal to reach:

1 book per day for 1 year: 365 books

1 book per day for 3 years: 1,095 books

1 book per day for 5 years: 1,825 books!

We are here to support you as you work toward this early literacy challenge, with methods for keeping track of your progress, staying motivated, and celebrating your achievements!

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Track Reading Online: Keeping track of your progress is easy with our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack challenge! You can access Beanstack by downloading the app or visiting the link in your browser. (If you participated in Summer Reading, you will use the same Beanstack login, then join the 1000 Books challenge for each reader!) We will send periodic email updates to everyone who registers for the 1000 Books challenge with encouragement, ideas, and updates from the Nesmith Library Youth Services department.

Stay Motivated: Children who start the challenge and read 100 books can visit the Children's Room to get an NH 1000 Books tote bag (excellent for helping you to take home library books to reach your goal)! At each 100 books milestone, visit us for a new patch to iron onto your tote bag (or any fabric).

Pictured: Aubrielle got her NH 1000 Books tote for reading her first 100 books, and then added all nine patches signifying each level along the way to one thousand! Congratulations, Aubrielle!

Celebrate Your Achievements: If you would like to share photos with us of your children enjoying reading toward their 1000 Books or celebrating milestones along the way, please email Head of Youth Services Azra and let us know if we can use the photo on social media, on our website, and/or in our newsletter to help promote 1000 Books!

Reading Suggestions: Youth Services staff are excited to help you keep reading! Please visit us in the Children's Room or reach out if you would like recommendations, a Mystery Grab Bag, or reading lists to fuel your 1000 Books challenge!

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