1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun way to encourage adults and children to read together and helps introduce children to as much vocabulary as possible before they enter kindergarten. Children who have experienced a larger vocabulary have a higher chance of success in kindergarten. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants, starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth!

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of books!

You can count the books you read over and over again, books you hear at storytime, audiobooks and books in different languages!

To participate, stop by the Children's Desk at the Library to sign up. You will receive the 1-100 log, a growth chart with book suggestions and early literacy tips and a sticker!

Once you and your child complete the first log together, bring it back to the Library for your next log, another sticker, and to check out more books.

To keep motivation high, your child will earn special prizes when you submit the logs for your first 100 books, 500 books, and when you log all 1000 books! Any child who has not yet entered kindergarten can sign up.

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Need a New Log?

Did you lose your log? Do you need your next one and can't make it into the Library?

Download your log by clicking on the button with the log number you need, but don't forget to bring back your completed logs into the Library to collect your prizes!

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Growth Chart

Just for signing up, you will receive an under the sea growth chart to mark your child's height.



Read 500 books and you get a cool magnet to put on your car or fridge.



Book Bundle

Read 1000 books and your child will take home a book bundle for completing the program!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Prizes

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