“Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”
~American Academy of Pediatrics
Substantial research indicates that the more children are read to during their early years, the more prepared they will be to read when entering kindergarten. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help you reach that goal!
How to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:
To make this even easier, check out a Bunny Book Bag already full of picture books OR a Baby Bunny Book Bag full of board books.
You can also check out e-book picture books and read alongs from home using your IndyPL Library Card. Choose from our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten e-book collections in both OverDrive and Axis 360. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive or Axis 360 before directions are available:
For more information about IndyPL's early learning programs, or if you need more help, call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.
These are not your average alphabet books: Behold the best picture books to spin entire stories out of the ABCs. Check out the charming and clever narratives! Marvel at the magnificent manifestations of metafiction! There's fun for kids of all ages in these pages.
What's it like for astronauts to wake up and go about their work on the International Space Station? Travel through the alphabet *and* a day in space with this awesome NASA photo album. There's a wonderful appendix too, with detailed captions, a vocabulary list, facts about the ISS, and more.
Parade through the alphabet with a celebration of Pride! Join a family of four and their pet dog on a Pride festival adventure. I love how the story of their day moves playfully from A to Z and the joyful illustrations include a whole alphabetical word search.
Fans of Patrick McDonnell's nearly wordless alphabet book, The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way), won't want to miss this gem (with a pithier title). EEK! is an alphabet of onomatopeoia, or sound effect words, adorning a rich visual tale: the quirky quest of a little mouse who picks a flower for a friend. I love how the story begins on the front matter pages and proceeds with subtle hints of what's ahead in the upper right corner. The marvelous illustrations by Julie Paschkis feature motifs that remind me of Germanic folk art.