The 1001 Books Before School program has cracked the 1001 participants mark since its induction in 2017.
Designed to help parents encourage their preschoolers (aged between 0 – 5) to begin reading before school, the program recognises the achievements of those children who have read or have had read to them 1001 books before they started school.
Those who wish to get involved can do so by signing up at an Onkaparinga library, once signed up participants receive a reading log booklet.
By marking off each book, participants are encouraged to work their way towards 1001, receiving a prize at each 100 book milestone.
R-12 Library Coordinator and Research Project Coordinator at Tatachilla Lutheran College Louise Catt said in addition to developing crucial literacy skills, reading provides children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in stories, characters and ideas, as well as make meaningful connections between texts and with the wider world beyond the pages of books.
“Whether children read independently, or experience books as read-aloud texts, reading from an early age plays a crucial role in allowing students to get to know themselves as learners, so that creativity, inquiry and independence can flourish.
“I consider it a privilege to be a part of this journey for our students.”
The City of Onkaparinga estimates that if you read for 15 minutes a day (approximately 3 books), it is easy to get all 1001 done in a year.