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Early Literacy

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Subscribe to receive an Early Literacy Newsletter

"Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor."
 - The 1000 Books Foundation

Here's what you can do...

  • Read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten. This can be your newborn, infant,  toddler and/or preschooler
  • If you read one book a day, that’s 365 in one year, 730 in two years, and 1,095 in three years
  • If your child likes to have the same book read repeatedly, each time the book is read, it counts toward the 1000 books
  • Any book read to your child, including those read at library storytimes or those read by siblings, counts
  • 1000 Books is self-paced and how long it takes will depend on how often you read together.
  • Record the reading on the log each time you read a book
  • When you have finished filling in the log, bring it in for a prize
  • Reading with your child creates great opportunities for bonding
  • Ask us for book suggestions. We are always happy to help!
  • Visit the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten here
  • Tips and Tricks to get started here

To participate please register at any Aurora Public Library location and complete the logs below:

Parent's Corner

Each APLD location has a Parent’s Corner, which features selected books, DVDs, community resources, educational resources, and hands-on Learning Kits. Learning Kits include a mixture of books, music, toys, and other educational resources for children ages 0-11 years old. 

Staycation &

Vacation Travel Kits

Travel Kits are customized to your family and offer a variety of books, music, magazines, and activity sheets to keep you busy during your travels. Travel Kits must be reserved one week in advance and are checked out for one month or for the length of your trip.

Click here to complete a

request form!