1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading to your young child is critical to his or her literacy development and readiness for kindergarten.

How our program works:

  • For families with children who are birth through age 5
  • At registration you will receive a canvas bag (for all of those checkouts!)
  • You may track your reading on a log we provide or online
  • Your child will receive a sticker after every 100 books, so be sure to check in. Any book and every book counts (no matter how many times you read the same book)
  • If you have multiple children under 5, you may do concurrent programs
  • Once you’ve reached 1000 books, you will receive a book to keep for your personal collection

So, why read to your child?

  • On June 23, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement that promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy
  • Reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development and parent-child relationships

Learn more about the movement, find inspiration, and get reading lists.