1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The concept is simple … the rewards are priceless
with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read a book … any book … to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just one book a night, you will read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think!

In order to encourage families to take on this challenge we have created 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Packs that gives you all the necessary materials to hit 1,000 books while providing the necessary skills to become life long readers.  

Stop by either location and head to the Children’s Circulation Desk to sign up and pick up your pack, which includes a reading log, star stickers, a bookmark and additional activities to keep you motivated the whole way through!

Come to the library with your child and help them gain an appreciation for the wide range of materials available! Our hands-on librarians are happy to recommend books that will broaden your child’s interest.


– Books for all ages and reading abilities
– Toys, games and puzzles
– Scavenger Hunts with prizes
– A Variety of Children’s Programs



– Keep books in sight as much as possible. Create a library at home, even if it is just a book basket to encourage exploration.

– Before kids can read they need to understand that words are made up of sounds. Listen to and make up rhymes, clap out syllables, segment words into each letter sound.

– ABC’s open the doors for learning to read, so match upper and lower case letters, use Playdoh to create letters, or use magnets or bath letters to create words.

– Start with pictures to create word associations. Draw, label, or tell a story through pictures.