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New early literacy program for ages Birth – Preschool
Sign up at your branch beginning September 1, 2017!

About the Program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years while providing children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. It is also a great way for children and their caregivers to bond!

The program begins on Friday, September 1, 2017. Children may finish the program any time before beginning Kindergarten.


Getting Started

  • Each child receives a reusable book bag upon registration. Small prizes are earned along the way!
  • Each bubble on the reading log equals one book title read.
  • Children may participate in the program only once; they may only begin the program at one branch.
  • Finished reading logs may be turned in at any branch regardless of where the child registered.
  • Families can use our logs, their own paper, or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten free app (get your app below). Similar apps such as GoodReads are also acceptable. 
      

 

ALREADY REGISTERED AT YOUR LIBRARY? PRINT ADDITIONAL LOGS HERE.


FAQs

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 how long it takes to finish will depend on how often you read together. 

Can I count books I have read to my child multiple times?
YES, children learn best through repetition and love to hear their favorite stories repeatedly. You may count the same title every time you read the book!

Can I count books I read to more than one child at a time?
YES, log them on each child’s sheet.  

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!

Do books read at storytime or another library program count?
YES!

Do books read at daycare or another setting outside the home count?
YES

Can daycares, preschools, etc. participate?
No, we ask that families and caregivers sign children up in person either at a library branch or on the Bookmobile.

Do books read for winter and/or summer reading program count?
YES, it is OK to “double dip” on logs.