1000 Books Before Kindergarten

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children ” –Commission on Reading, Department of Education

Children who experience 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN are on a solid path to lifelong learning. Research shows one of the best predictors of school success is the number of words and books children are exposed to, before they start school. It's never to early to start reading to children. Even babies benefit from books. Reading to young children builds important early literacy skills, as well as aiding emotional and social development. It can also be a special bonding time. Each time you share a book with a child, you are giving them the gift of language, art, and your time and attention.


It’s Easy! It’s Fun! It's Free! The rewards are priceless!

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

      3 books a day X 1 year = 1,095 books

Visit the library to sign up, get a reading record, and start your reading adventure.


Track Your Reading –

Fill in a circle for each book you read and note your favorites or track on the 1000 Books Before kindergarten app.

Every Book Counts –

Books you’ve read before, books read by another caregiver or friends, and books read during story times at the library.

100 Book Milestones –

When you’ve read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to get a Congratulations sticker and a new record.

1000 Books – Congratulations! You did it! Visit the library for a free book!


DON’T STOP! Keep reading and learning together!


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