The Road to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Road to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Megan Knight and her sons, twins Gavin and Tyler, 6, and Casey, 2, frequent the Highland branch of the Medina County District Library. This year, the system joined other libraries across the region in providing program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The national literacy initiative encourages parents and caregivers to introduce reading activities to their children.

Knight’s son Casey was the first in the branch to have read 500 books.

“This is a good motivator,” Knight says about the program. She adds it also gets her other two sons involved, as they like to read board books to their little brother.

“By the time we get done with these books, it will be a good reading foundation for him,” she says.

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About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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