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What is it?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a family reading project for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Reading to your child helps develop important pre-reading skills to prepare for school. It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to

  • earn special prizes as you read.
  • participate in fun activities.
  • receive lots of great reading tips and book suggestions.

What’s the goal?

The concept is simple, 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. By doing this your child will be better prepared for school and more likely to love books and reading.

1,000 Books Sounds like a lot.

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your child reaches a milestone (every 100 books), your library will give him/her a prize. If you want, you can create your own rewards to celebrate as a family – like a special dinner or a trip to the bookstore!

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. 

How do I get started?

Sign up at your library! Keep track of what anyone reads to your child with a paper log or notebook–be sure to log any books you re-read too! Once you hit a milestone (every 100 books) show your log to your library and receive a prize.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act.

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