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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

"Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and very manageable endeavor: read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten."
 - The 1000 Books Foundation

Here's what you can do...

  • Read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten! This can be your newborn, infant, toddler and/or preschooler.
  • Record the reading on the log each time you read a book.
  • When you have finished filling in the log, bring it in for a prize.


  • If you read one book a day, that’s 365 in one year, 730 in two years, and 1,095 in three years.
  • If your child likes to have the same book read repeatedly, each time the book is read, it counts toward the 1000 books.
  • Any book read to your child, including those read at library storytimes or those read by siblings, counts!
  • 1000 Books is self-paced and how long it takes will depend on how often you read together.
  • Reading with your child creates great opportunities for bonding.
  • Ask us for book suggestions. We are always happy to help!
  • Visit the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten site here

How to Participate

OR register online and log your reading through Beanstack. 

Register Online

Also available as an app.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Relaunch Party
Friday, June 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Santori Library - 125/126

Join us for a party in celebration of the launch of our NEW 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program. Sign up for our new program which will get kids excited about reading, and ready for Kindergarten! Prizes are available after every 100 books read! This event will include crafting, a visit from Minnie Mouse, and community partners.