Why read to small children
Babies start to learn language from the day they are born. Reading to a young child is fun for them, but also teaches them important skills. It helps them learn that words are made of separate sounds, and as they get older, they will be able to match those sounds to letters. Reading and looking at picturebooks also teaches children how to follow a story. The ability to follow a story develops concentration skills and memory. Reading to young children also teaches them that reading is fun and important!
Children who are read to three times or more a week get a great head start in life.
- By age two, they have better language skills, know more words, and have better memory, listening, and logic skills.
- By kindergarden, they're twice as likely to score in the top 25% of their class in reading as kids who are read to less than three times a week.
Research shows that the best thing parents can do to ensure their child has good reading skills is to keep age-appropriate books in their home. That's why we developed 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This reading program is specially designed for children from birth to age 5. We invite families and caregivers to experience the joy of reading together. The first step is to visit the Youth Services Desk to register. You will receive everything you need to start this reading adventure, and a book for your child to keep.
When you've read 100 books together, return to the Library (join us for story time!) and turn in your log book. You'll receive another free book for your home library, plus another set of book logs for the next 100 books!
The Library thanks our local schools for their enthusiastic support of this program as well as Dr. Lawrence A. DuBose, whose generous donation made the development of this program possible.
Participation is limited to Carol Stream Library cardholders.
Artwork from LLAMA LLAMA HOME WITH MAMA by Anna Dewdney, copyright (c) 2011 by Anna Dewdney. Used by permission of Viking Children's Books.
Expert Resources for Parents
Sure, the Internet has tons of parenting resources. But can you trust them? We choose the most highly-rated and respected books, magazines and other materials for our collections. So, whether you need to learn what to expect in baby's first year, how to pottytrain, how to get your child to eat his vegetables, or want fun at-home craft ideas, we have a resource for you. Visit the Library and ask at the Youth Services desk for directions to the Parenting Collection.