1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Ridgefield Library has expanded upon the offerings from the 1000 Books Foundation by providing 100 distinct totes each with ten titles surrounding a theme. Similarly, you do not need to participate in the 1K Books Challenge to check out the 1K Books totes. You can read and track any books—you are not limited to the 1K Books collection or reading lists to participate in the program and earn milestones and recognition.
Learn more at the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten website
The 1000 Books Foundation is a Nevada 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity which operates the nationwide (and in Canada) 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one start kindergarten.
Register for the 1KBooks Reading Challenge
Created by Megan Lambert, this method of reading with children combines Visual Thinking Strategies and Picturebook design to explore meaning through of the art and design of a picturebook.
Visual Thinking Strategies is a way to interact with art through using open-ended questions to find meaning. For example, ask question like: what do you think is happening in this image? Why? What do you think will happen next?
Parts of a Picturebook: Ask yourself, and through your questions: how do I make meaning out of the artistic and design choices present in each design element of this book? (See reverse side for a breakdown of some basic elements).
Your Role as Facilitator: You read the text, but allow children to discuss the illustrations and other elements of the book’s art and design. Try not to lead them to specific ideas or force meaning; this approach is for the child to create meaning from the images.
Listen & Pay Attention: Notice the verbal and non-verbal reactions to the readings of both words and illustrations and respond with more open-ended questions. Try to incorporate the vocabulary of picturebook design into your questions.
Before reading the story with children, talk about:
· Trim size of the book (portrait, landscape, tall, skinny etc.)
· The illustrations on the cover and the jacket (i.e. are they same?)
· The colors and illustrations in the endpages (i.e. what do you think this means? Are the front endpages the same as the back endpages?)
· The title, author, illustrator on the title page
· The copyright page and dedication
While reading the story with children, talk about:
· Colors, shapes, texture
· Plot and what they think will happen and why
· How different elements make them feel
· What they like about different illustrations and why