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1000 Books

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"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children."
     - U.S. Department of Education, Becoming a Nation of Readers

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

A year round reading program designed to help parents prepare their children for school. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

Who can participate?

Any child who has not yet entered kindergarten.

How do we participate?

REGISTER! Call your local branch to register and pick up a starter kit using curbside service!

READ!  Get started by printing your reading log from home! Color in a circle on the reading log for each book you read with your child

Printable Reading Log 1-100

Printable Reading Log 101-200

Printable Reading Log 201-300

Printable Reading Log 301-400

Printable Reading Log 401-500

Printable Reading Log 501-600

Printable Reading Log 601-700

Printable Reading Log 701-800

Printable Reading Log 801-900

Printable Reading Log 901-1000

RETURN to the library with your completed reading log(s) and you'll get a prize for every 50 books read. Prize collection will resume when Library facilities re-open to the public.

REPEAT until you reach 1,000 books!

Why participate?

Love of Reading

Reading with your chid and making it a special time together shows them that reading is valuable and enjoyable. You can start to develop a love of reading in your child from a very young age!

Ready to Read

You are your child's first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn. When you talk, sing, read, write, and play you are helping your child get ready to read!

School Readiness

Parents want to prepare their children for school and the best wat to do this is to set a good example by getting into the habit of reading.

Is it possible to read 1,000 books?

Yes! Completion will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how often you read.

1 book a day for 3 years = 1095 books

10 books a week for 2 years = 1040 books

3 books a day for 1 year = 1095 books

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we have to read books from the library?

No, but we have a lot of great, free books to make use of. Need ideas? View our suggest reading list here

I read the same story every night to my child. Can I count that book more than once?

Yes! There is value in repetition when developing language skills.

What if my child listens to an audiobook?

That counts too!

We have several children. Can I count the same title for each child?

You sure can!

Can I count a storytime book?

Yes, and you may also count books read in daycare or preschool.

My older children read to their siblings. Can I count those books?

Count any books that are read to your child, no matter who does the reading.

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