1000 Books Before Kindergarten


This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation – a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

How to Participate

It’s easy to participate in the program – just follow the steps below!

  1. Read together.
  2. Write the titles you and your child read together on your 1000 Books numbered sheet. You may read titles more than once.
  3. When you finish 100 books, bring your sheet to the library. Your child will receive a small reward and the next 100 book sheet.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3!
  5. When you finish 1000 books, your child will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to put their name in one of a selection of new library books. They’ll also have a great jump start on school success!

There’s no rush – the program ends when your child finishes 1000 books or they enter Kindergarten, whichever comes first. 1000 books may seem like a lot, but if you read just three stories a day with your child, you will reach that goal in about a year! More importantly, you’ll have created and shared many special moments along the way.

Thank you to Hudson Preschool Parents, whose generous initial donation enabled us to launch the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!