International Read to Me Day

Reading to children is critical from the earliest stages of development. It supports cognitive development, improves their language development and prepares them for academic success. It’s never too early to start reading to a child in your life, especially today.

March 19 is International Read to Me Day, an international campaign to advocate for children’s literacy and build a community of support to empower children with the gift of reading.

At Yonkers Public Library, we want to help support your child’s future and foster a lifelong love of reading. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. You can sign up for the program online through ReadSquared, or register in person in the children’s room of your local YPL branch.

Check out some of these great books that have been featured in previous blog posts for World Read Aloud Day, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and Read to Your Child Day.

We hope you join us for some of our in-person story time programs at your local branch:


Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 PM – America Reads

Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – Storytime with Mr. Ralph

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – Babies and Books

Thursdays, 11:00 AM – Terrific Toddler Time

Fridays, 11:00 AM – Father Goose Stories


Tuesdays, 10:30AM – Storytime @ Will


Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – Music & Merriment with Ms. Judy

Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 1000 Book Thursdays @ Crestwood

Saturdays, 10:30 AM – Crestwood Saturday Storytime

Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.