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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Why Read 1,000 Books?

Parents can help even very young children learn the five early literacy skills which reading research has determined children must know before they can learn to read. These essential skills needed for school success are:

  • Phonological Awareness – is being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words 
  • Vocabulary – is knowing the name of things and concepts 
  • Print Convention - is noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how to follow the words on a page 
  • Background Knowledge – is prior knowledge, things our child has learned 
  • Letter Knowledge – is knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere

How Does It Work?
  • Any child from birth to the day they enter Kindergarten is eligible.
  • Sign up for the program by visiting the Children’s Department or online through our Events Calendar. You can sign up at any time, by selecting the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” event listed on the first of the month.
  • Make sure to stop by the library to pick up your first reading log or print the .pdf file from our website.
  • Use your reading logs to record 100 books at a time. 
  • Come back every time you have completed 100 books to receive a stamp for every 50 books you share together, a small prize at the 100 book mark, and your next 100 books log. You can also print the log in a .pdf file from home on our website (
  • When you have finished 1,000 books your child will be able to select a new picture book to add to the collection. The book will include a bookplate with the child’s name on it. Your child will be the first one to check out their honor book and will be invited to a graduation party in August of that year.

What Books Count?
  • Books read at Story Time if you attend
  • Books may be read more than once and recorded
  • Books from home or the library – even other libraries
  • Books on CD as long as they listen to the whole story
  • A book read by any family member, teacher, etc. as long as they listen to the whole story
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader

How Long Does It Take To Reach 1,000 Books?

 1 book per day x 3 years = 1,095 books

10 books per week x 2 years = 1,040 books

 3 books per day x 1 year = 1,095 books

1,000 Book Log
For every title you read to your child, mark off one star! Print out 10 of these reading logs to create your entire packet, or stop by the library for your folder (with logs already printed!)