1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

1000 books before kindergarten

 

On May 11, 2017 my husband and I welcomed a brand new bookworm into our family! Benjamin John was born at 12:09 am, 7 pounds 4 ounces 19 inches long. He was the most perfect little thing I’ve ever seen!

 

Benny the Bookworm

Starting when he was about 3 months old we started taking him to one of our local libraries for a program called Rhyme Time. Rhyme Time is geared toward babies under 18 months. They sing songs, learn hand motions or sign language for those songs, read a couple books, and get to play with other children. Benny also gets a stamp on his hand that goes with the theme of the week (it usually ends up on his face by the end of the day, but that’s what baths are for). He loves it! This is where we learned about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program that encourages families to read with their children with a goal of reading, you guessed it, 1000 books before kindergarten. You don’t need to read 1000 different books, just 1000 books. If your child insists you read the same book over and over every night, it counts each time! They also provide a fantastic list of books that they feel every child should hear before entering kindergarten (we’re tracking that, too). Our local library offers incentives for every 100 books read, with the ultimate incentive of having the library purchase and dedicate a book of your choice to your child when he or she reaches 1000 books. If you’re interested in participating, check out the link and reach out to your local library. If you’re participating, let me know because I’d love to follow your progress, too. Let’s all make an effort to raise more bookworms!

 

Ben’s Progress

 

                   1-100

    1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    2. A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life, an egg donor story by Carmen Martinez Jover
    3. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
    4. Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
    5. Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox/Emma Quay
    6. Little Ducklings by Giovanni Caviezel
    7. Who Wears What?
    8. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    9. Baby Touch and Feel Animals by Dawn Sirett
    10. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadelle Rossetti-Shustak
    11. Veggies in Underwear by Jared Chapman
    12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    13. Peter Puffin by Petr Horacek
    14. Lion’s Lullaby by Mij Kelly
    15. Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox/Emma Quay
    16. May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris
    17. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
    18. Horton Hears a Who, Can You? by Dr. Seuss
    19. Pocket Piggies – Opposites
    20. One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish! by Dr. Seuss
    21. How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer/Caroline Jayne Church
    22. Do You Have My Purr? by Judy West
    23. Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
    24. I Love You Night and Day by Smirit Prasadam-Halls
    25. The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
    26. Baby Signs by Joy Allen
    27. Fire Truck by Peter Sis
    28. Where Is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    29. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
    30. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    31. Halloween Makes Me Batty by Fran Posner/Judy Stead
    32. Peter Rabbit’s Halloween by Beatrix Potter
    33. What Do Bats Do? by Melvin and Gilda Berger
    34. Bat Facts
    35. Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
    36. The Mystery of the Missing Cheese by Rosie Greening/Stuart Lynch
    37. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
    38. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
    39. Everything is MAMA by Jimmy Fallon
    40. The Pea That Was Me, an Embryo Donation Story by Kimberly Kluger-Bell
    41. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadelle Rossetti-Shustak
    42. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    43. Animals
    44. Daniel Tiger Loves Fall by Natalie Shaw
    45. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr./John ArchambaultWho Wears What?
    46. Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox/Emma Quay
    47. Babies Love Halloween by Scarlet Wing/Stacy Peterson
    48. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    49. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
    50. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox/Judy Horacek
    51. Halloween Treats
    52. Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton
    53. How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer/Caroline Jayne Church
    54. I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller/Susan Schade/Bernadette Pons
    55. Halloween Treats
    56. Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton
    57. Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer
    58. Slide a Story: Who’s In the Barn by Megan Roth
    59. Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle/Anne Wilsdorf
    60. Ten Little Bears by School Specialty Publishing
    61. Sign and Sing Along: Baa Baa Black Sheep by Annie Kubler
    62. Peek-a-Boo Rainbow by Paragon Books
    63. Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
    64. Ten Little Bears by School Specialty Publishing
    65. Sign and Sing Along: Baa Baa Black Sheep by Annie Kubler
    66. Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
    67. Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox/Emma Quay
    68. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    69. Where is Tippy Toes by Betsy Lewin
    70. Sweet Dreams, Maisy by Lucy Cousins
    71. Fall Harvest by Gale Saunders
    72. Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
    73. Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz
    74. Everything is MAMA by Jimmy Fallon
    75. Hello, Puppy! by Jane-Cowen Fletcher
    76. Who Wears What
    77. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do  You See? by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle
    78. No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo/Sachiko Yoshikawa
    79. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    80. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    81. Veggies in Underwear by Jared Chapman
    82. Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox/Emma Quay
    83. I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller/Susan Schade/Bernadette Pons
    84. May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris
    85. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
    86. I’m No Turkey by Hans Wilhelm
    87. 5 Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
    88. Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks by Jacky Davis/Davis Soman
    89. I Love to Cuddle by Carl Norac/Claude K. Dubois
    90. 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby by Margaret McAllister/Holly Sterling
    91. Noni the Pony by Alison Lester
    92. Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane/Delvin Elliott/Dan Krall
    93. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadelle Rossetti-Shustak
    94. How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer/Caroline Jayne Church
    95. Where Is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    96. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone/Michael Smollin
    97. Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
    98. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    99. Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer

      101-200

    100. Pocket Piggies – Opposites
    101. You Are My Baby – Ocean by Lorena Siminovich
    102. Veggies in Underwear by Jared Chapman
    103. The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose
    104. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
    105. I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller/Susan Schade/Bernadette Pons
    106. Sleepy Kittens by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
    107. The First Christmas: Lift-a-Pop Board Book by Holly Berry-Byrd/Morgan Huff
    108. Lion’s Lullaby by Mij Kelly
    109. Horton Hears a Who, Can You? by Dr. Seuss
    110. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones/Alison Jay
    111. There Once Was a Puffin by Florence Page Jaques/Shari Halpern
    112. Veggie Tales: This Little Light Of Mine by Kathleen Long Bostrom
    113. Baa Baa Black Sheep
    114. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadelle Rossetti-Shustak
    115. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    116. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    117. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    118. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    119. Baa Baa Black Sheep
    120. How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer/Caroline Jayne Church
    121. Peter Puffin by Petr Horacek
    122. Grow Seeds Grow by Melissa Lagonegro
    123. Bears Bears Bears  by Bob Barner
    124. Good Buddies by Disney/Pixar
    125. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
    126. Lion’s Lullaby by Mij Kelly
    127. One More Giraffe by Kim Noble
    128. Veggies in Underwear by Jared Chapman
    129. The Mystery of the Missing Cheese by Rosie Greening/Stuart Lynch
    130. Grandma Kisses by Laura Neutzling
    131. Potty Superhero: Get Ready for Big Boy Pants by Parragon Books
    132. Veggies in Underwear by Jared Chapman
    133. Out and About
    134. Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals/Elizabeth Sayles
    135. Grandma Kisses by Laura Neutzling
    136. Where Is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    137. Monster Party by Annie Bach
    138. My Dog Spot by Jack E. Levin/Norma R. Levin
    139. Hugs by Pennie Kidd/Susie Poole
    140. I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker/David McPhail
    141. Squares by Yusuke Yonezu
    142. One Sunny Day by Tammi Salzano/Hannah Wood
    143. Stanley’s Shapes by William Bee
    144. Moving Blocks by Yusuke Yonezu
    145. We Are a Family by Roger Priddy
    146. I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
    147. I Want a Pet by Cathy Morrison
    148. Penguins by Liz Pichon
    149. I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls/Alison Brown
    150. What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park/Maggie Smith
    151. I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
    152. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    153. Who’s In the Barn?
    154. Itsy Bitsy Spider
    155. Hillside Lullaby by Hope Vestergaard/Margie Moore
    156. Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Willems
    157. My Dog Bobby Richard Torrey
    158. Tickle Tum by Nancy Van Laan/Bernadette Pons
    159. Leonard the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
    160. Edwina The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
    161. Love by a Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    162. No Matter What by Emma Dodd
    163. What Do You Love by Jonathan London
    164. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    165. Potty Superhero: Get Ready for Big Boy Pants by Parragon Books
    166. Where Is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    167. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadelle Rossetti-Shustak
    168. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    169. A Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life, an egg donor story by Carmen Martinez Jover
    170. One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish! by Dr. Seuss
    171. Clap Your Hands with Elmo
    172. Peek-a-Boo Moon by Paragon Books
    173. One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish! by Dr. Seuss