1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

The mission of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, to encourage parent and child bonding through reading and to prepare your child for a lifetime of reading. Research shows that reading books and sharing stories with your child is one of the best ways to help them enter school with the language skills they need to be ready to learn and grow.

How does it work?

Simply pick up a Reading Log at the Children’s Desk at your branch library and start logging the titles of the books that your child reads or that you read to your child. Remember to include stories that your child hears at library storytimes, in preschool and daycare – any and all books and stories count!

A display in the library next to the Children’s Desk offers suggestions of books that will help your child select books that appeal to their interests.  Children often enjoy repeat visits with the same book or story, so you may log it multiple times!  

When you’ve logged 25 titles, bring the completed log back into the library, pick up your prize and get the next Reading Log.  If you read 4 books a week, your child will have listened to 1,000 stories in five years.

Additional information

For more information, reading resources, and booklists, visit http://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/