1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register today to start your child on their reading journey!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an exciting program that helps kids gain the confidence to become strong readers, and encourages caregiver and child interaction through sharing books. The challenge is simple: read a book, any book, to your child with a goal of 1,000 before kindergarten. 

Why? Reading is associated as an early indicator of academic success. This provides a simple yet fun approach to early literacy.

How to Participate:

  • Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are eligible to participate by registering and picking up materials with Children’s Services.
  • Start reading together. Read a book (any book) and track it on your child’s reading log. Yes, you can repeat books!
  • When you reach each 100-book milestone, add a sticker to your gameboard. The program is self-paced and can take a few months to a few years depending on how often you read. When you've read 1,000 books, bring your gameboard in to the Children's Services Desk for a special reward! 
  • Ready to get started? We'll send you a digital welcome packet once you complete our online registration form.