Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1000 Books: Who?

1000 Books family kick-off at the Wauwatosa Public Library
1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs are often geared toward primary caregivers.  Since parents, grandparents, and guardians spent the most familiar time with young children, this makes sense. Make sure your signage, storytime welcome, and registration forms incorporate inclusive language. For example, "Welcome families!" instead of "Welcome parents."  One of the initial pieces of input about the Growing Wisconsin Readers materials was that images of grandparents were needed.

In addition to primary caregivers, consider targeting child care providers with information about your 1000 Books program.  Since books read at daycare "count" towards the 1000 books mark, it's a win-win for everyone involved.  Also, older siblings are great reading supporters as well.  Consider ways to model or message how big kids can read to little kids during your school-age programs and activities.  Who do you target with your 1000 Books program?