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Louisville's Children Challenged to 'Read' 1,000 Books By Kindergarten

Education Week

The mayor of Louisville, Ky., and its librarians are challenging children ages 5 and under to "read" 1,000 books by the time they enter kindergarten, part of an initiative to boost literacy skills in a city where just 35 percent of incoming kindergarteners start school with what experts there deem basic skills. While 1,000 books might at first seem daunting, the goal is easier to meet than one might expect, librarians assert: The average children's picture book takes just five minutes to read out loud. And by reading three picture books per day for one year, children will have heard 1,095 books by the time they are 5 years old.

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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables