1,000 Books Before Kindergarten 2021



Did you know that children who are not exposed to books in the first five years of their lives are already behind as soon as they enter kindergarten? Reading is fundamental to a child’s achievement. Reading books to young kids helps develop the language and concept skills needed for educational success.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one starts kindergarten.

If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read:

  • 365 books in a year
  • 730 books in two years
  • 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)!

This is an ongoing program and only ends when your child begins kindergarten.

Get started today:

  1. Register for the program and pick up your tote bag.
  2. Read to your child.
  3. Fill out your reading log for your first 100 books.
  4. Return your completed log to the library for a milestone sticker. Additional milestone prizes awarded at the 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1,000 mile marks.
  5. Repeat steps one through three!
  6. When you’ve read 1,000 books, your child receives their final prize and a special certificate!
  7. Books read at the library, school and daycare count! Books can be read as many times as you like.

Join us outside or on Facebook as you use the items contained in the tote bag to follow along with this early literacy program! One book, one rhyme, one song, one craft and one activity all to help your child become a life-long reader! Please register individually for each program to reserve a tote bag for pickup!

Items contained in tote bag: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten folder/supplies, parent guide, FREE book, laminated literacy card, craft, musical instrument, activity sheet and crayons


“This was our first time participating in the program. We found the creative [early literacy] totes and corresponding online content to be interactive, engaging, and fun. We always enjoyed books, and this helped fuel the joy. We are very pleased that we decided to give it a try!”

– Andrea Koehler


“The thousand books before kindergarten program helped to instill a love of books within my daughter. The program inspired us to develop a nightly ritual of reading and fostered a passion of learning.”

– Jennifer Hoff


“I was thrilled to sign my daughter up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It seemed like such a great opportunity to quantify just how many stories we were reading on a daily basis while also continuing to foster her love of books. She could not wait to go to the library on the weeks where she reached a milestone in her trek toward 1,000. The pride on her face when she would show the librarian her progress was probably only matched by my own pride at watching her blossom into such an engaged and excited little reader.

– Tara Abbott


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