1000 Books Before Kindergarten

build reading habits build vocabulary have fun
reading everyday is important for all children

Ready to join? Visit the Library, or Print a reading log and start coloring your leaves, or join online!

Here's How It Works

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Two Ways to Play

  1. Sign Up Online
  2. Print a Reading Log

Read our Welcome Letter!

Welcome Letter in Spanish!

Welcome Letter in Chinese!

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Read Read Read! Each time you read a book with your child, color a leaf on your paper reading log or record the title in the app.

Books For Babies! Books for Toddlers! Books for Preschoolers!

three After reading 100 books, come to the Library for your first sticker!
four Each time you reach the 100-Book milestone, you earn a badge/special sticker and you can start a new reading log.
five Once you reach 1000 Books, you get a certificate of achievement and a free book! Come to the Main Library to choose your book.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t read 1000 books! answer

Yes you can!

Read in the language you know best!

No matter how short the book is, it counts!

3 books a day is 1,095 books per year!

?What if my child wants to read the same book over and over? answer Great! Repetition is key to learning. You could read the same book 1000 times and finish the program (not that you’d want to!). Count every reading once.
?Help! I don’t know which books to read! answer

Don’t worry! Our librarians would love to suggest some books for you.

Click here for personalized recommendations

Visit our Booklist page, too!

?Do I have to read books from the library? answer You can read books from anywhere, not just library books.
Can I log the books my child hears in storytime? answer Yes! Any and every book your child hears or explores counts!