1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Create a Reader One Book at a Time!

Reading to your child is one of the most important ways parents and caregivers can instill a love of reading and learning in a child. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program challenges parents and caregivers to read 1000 Books to their children before he or she starts Kindergarten.

How to Begin

  • Visit the Youth Services department to pick up a convenient 1000 Books folio. In it, you will find your first book log, book recommendations, bookmarks, tips, and more. You will keep track of 100 books at a time, marking off each time your child is read to.
  • For every 100 books you share together, bring the reading log and your child to the library to receive a stamp and a sticker along with a 1000 Books folder and your next log. You or your child can also write their name on our wall chart to see their progress.
  • When you have finished 500 books, your child will receive a free book. When you have finished 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate of completion and a book bag. You and your child will also be invited to a celebration held annually in March for our 1,000 Book participants.


  • Read the same book as many times as you or your child likes, read books in different languages if you like. Have friends or family members read to your child. Bring your child to storytimes at the library (these all count!).
  • Don’t let the end goal discourage you.
    • 1 book per day X 3 years = 1095 books
    • 3 books per day X 1 year = 1095 books
  • Have fun! Let your child pick out the books they want read to them. Use different voices for different characters. Ask simple questions about the story or the picture. Have your child retell the book to you in their own words.