1,000 books before kindergarten program kicks off

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Today, a nationally recognized reading program has been brought to Roanoke by the Roanoke County Public Library.

1,000 Books by Kindergarten is a program that promotes literacy through early reading.

Studies show that the developing brain triples in the first year alone and is virtually fully formed by the time a child enters kindergarten.

That is why reading at a young age is so important for language and cognitive skills and can be a large factor in setting up a child for educational success.

One Roanoke mother expressed her excitement to sign up her three-year-old, Nolan for the program and why she thinks the program is important.

I’m a speech language pathologist so it’s something I’ve known since college. It was always drilled into us since college that early literacy is important and reading is one of the best factors for predicting future academic success and language development.

Melinda Lephew

Jen Whitcomb and Sarah Rodgers, who work at the library said that participants can use the Beanstack app to track books read and that storytelling events count towards the 1,000 book goal.

Children involved can stay motivated by earning prizes through a reward system based on gradual milestones.

For more information or to sign up for this beneficial program, click here.

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