1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Program Overview
The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read any book to your infant or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books!) before your little one starts kindergarten. It’s not as overwhelming as it sounds! If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think.

The key is perseverance. Make reading exciting. Whenever your child reaches a milestone (every 100 books), come into the library to pick up a small reward for your child.

How to Participate

  • Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both parent and child.
  • Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child. Make a record of all the books you read using whichever method you prefer: In a notebook, on our convenient reading log sheets, or with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App. The record itself will make a great keepsake item for you and your child.
  • If you are able to, make sure to also include any book that is read to your child by teachers, librarians, siblings, or relatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?
Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

How long will the program take?
The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?
All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family!

To participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, download the reading log here.

You may also keep track of your child’s reading log by downloading the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” app.  Find the app for iPhone here or Android here.