1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have 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 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

How does 1000 Books Before Kindergarten work?

  1. Read with your child.
  2. Keep track of each book you have read (see below)
  3. The Library will help you celebrate each 100 books read to your child.
  4. When you reach 1,000 books, we will present them with a certificate.

Reading Logs

Are you ready to get started? Download the iPhone App or Android App:

Or use our printable reading logs:

Yes you can:

  • Read the same book over and over…and over and over again!
  • Read in any language.
  • Storytime counts, too.
  • Books read by siblings, grandparents or caregivers also count.

Some titles to get your started

Early Literacy Activity Calendar

(the fine print)

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten.

Giving your child rich experiences helps to build the basic architecture of their brain, which will give them an excellent start in school and beyond. In addition to the educational benefits, reading together is wonderful for building memories and bonding!

  • Sharing books helps to build a love of reading, which will motivate your child to stick with it when learning to read becomes more of a challenge.
  • Reading daily with your child builds vocabulary, an essential tool in the kits of strong readers.
  • Accomplishing the goal of reading 1,000 books gives your child a sense of pride.
  • Reading builds empathy and expands acceptance for a diversity of beliefs and lifestyles that may seem different from a child’s own lived experiences.
  • Children explore colorful artwork and photographs in books, building visual literacy along with their knowledge of written and spoken language.


You are your child’s first teacher. You are their best teacher.