The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by the library. The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. This is an innovative, yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills. Parents and caregivers keep track of the books that they read to their children. The program helps parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence necessary to become strong readers and successful in school and life.
When you register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you will receive a notebook, journal pages for the first 100 books, and tips to help make reading aloud one of the most enjoyable and beneficial activities you will ever share with a child. As you progress in 100-book increments, you will earn additional prizes and get new pre-reading skills to help prepare your child for kindergarten and life-long learning. Please note: the program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. It is self-paced and depends on how often you read with your child.
How to Participate
- Register for the program at the front desk of the library. You will be given your journal and reading log at this time.
- Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding.
- Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child by using the reading log we provide. This can also include books read by teachers, siblings, etc.
- Bring your reading log to the library for each milestone (100 books, 200 books, 300 books, 400 books, 500 books, 600 books, 700 books, 800 books, 900 books, 1000 books) and we’ll celebrate with a small reward.
- Finish the program by the start of Kindergarten and receive your “graduation” gift.