800 Books Down – 200 to go!

We are approaching the END of 1000 Books before Kindergarten!

It’s felt like a long haul some times, but little by little, we’ve kept on reading to our kids and religiously filling out those reading logs.

Front of the reading log in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Front of the reading log in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The back includes the list we fill out (not as photogenic).

Along the way, there have been incentives for the kids. Free paperback books, and stickers that say “This book belongs to.”  Here are two books we received from the program:

Books that my kids picked out for their "listening" to so many stories.

Books that my kids picked out for their “listening” to so many stories.

As I mentioned in the first post, I am into this program! I love the quite time that reading to my kids brings, and I hope to instill within them a love of books and reading.  To my delight, I will find them snuggled up with books from time to time.

kids reading together in a chair

Love seeing them snuggled into a chair together looking at books.

In these pictures they were reading “old books” that had old book smell.  As I wrote about in my Fly on the Wall post, my daughter asked if books took baths.

For the record, they also partake in “wrestling” and do not simply sit quietly and read all day.

What reading programs do you do with your kids? What are your favorite children’s books?

 

 

 

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Source of Lots of Giggles in our House

We received a gem of a book from a family member recently.  She remembered it from her own childhood and was happy to find it at a rummage sale.  This book was worth every penny, as it is the source of lots of giggles in our house.

Without further ado, I give you Cookie’s Week:

Cookies Week by Cindy Ward Tomie dePaola

It’s about a kitty named Cookie who manages to get in all sorts of trouble each day of the week.  The first page really packs a punch with its opening sentence:

Page 1 of Cookie's Week. On Monday...Cookie fell in the toliet.

Page 1 of Cookie’s Week

How can any other book compete with that?  So cute and fun to read with my kids as their giggles escape uncontrollably.  Thank you so much for the fun book!!

Have you seen this book before?

On a slightly more advanced reading level, I have enjoyed Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  These are all books that sort of jump around time-wise and some change narrators.

What book are you enjoying right now?

Reading Machines – 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

“Read me a story,” my two year old says throughout the day in his sweet irresistible voice. I love that he and my four year old daughter are in love with reading together or can simply occupy themselves by paging through books (for awhile anyway).  It’s one go-to-activity that I pull out to calm everyone down.  Plus, when my daughter is too wound up to sleep, we can tell her to go to her room to look at books by herself, which she’ll gladly do.  Downstairs we’ll hear the occasional clunk as she finishes a book and drops it to the floor. These frequent reading requests and “clunks” are happy noises for parents.

We have some book loving, reading machines in our house.

Naturally our local library’s challenge – 1000 Books Before Kindergarten – was a good fit for me and my kids. It’s a nationwide program with MANY libraries participating. Check out their website to see if it’s offered near you.   It’s basically a program to record every book that is read to your children – at home, school, babysitter’s, storytime – whenever and however many times they hear it, so YES, if you read a story five times in a row, you can write down that same book five times.  The library makes it easy on parents to fill out the reading logs.  There are recommended authors and literacy tips to accompany the reading log and program materials.

1000 books before Kindergarten

Snapshot of my daughter’s reading log

Plus there are incentives at varying levels – bookmarks, book labels (“this book belongs to” sort of thing), and a few free books. Our library received a grant to give a free book after 300 stories are read in addition to other levels.

1000 books SOUNDS like a lot, but it breaks down to reading 3 books a day to your child to hit the 1000 mark in one year.

I’m a fan (if you can’t tell already). As an organized, overachiever type, I get satisfaction writing down the books read and filling up spaces on the log.  It’s a nice record of something small we accomplished that day and can help us remember our favorite stories and authors.

It’s a good program for libraries too, as it encourages more frequent visits to check out more books and obtain the next set of reading log pages.  No, they wisely do not handout all pages at once.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of my kids during storytime:

reading to our kids

Sometimes it’s fun to listen while in a storage ottoman!

Mama O. reading to a whole crowd on a play date.

Mama O. reading to a whole crowd on a play date.

Reading Car & Driver Magazine together

Daddy O. and Little Brother reading Car & Driver magazine. The headline is Corvette Goes Topless!

Some of our recent favorite reads typically involve trains, dinosaurs, princess stories, or animals. Here a few we’ve recently enjoyed:

Related Posts:

5 Favorite Kid’s Books – so Good You’ll Cry

Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten (1000 Books before Kindergarten site)

Book Lists from Turtle & Robot

What are your favorite children’s books?  What do you think about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program?