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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Give your child the tools to become a reader! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that encourages children and caregivers to read books together.

Program Overview

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a multi-year, self-paced, early literacy program that encourages parents to read one thousand books with their child before he/she enters school. Reading to children builds vocabulary and language skills, and prepares them to enter kindergarten with many other needed skills for success. Children are also introduced to a wide range of books and stories.

This fun and free program has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed, just enjoy the experience! Spend time reading every day, talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That will grow to 730 books in 2 years, and 1,095 books in 3 years. 

How to Participate

It is easy to participate!  You can sign up in-person, by phone, on Facebook, or by completing this online form

Now that you have signed up, you can start reading!  You can print the Reading Logs -- found below in Resources --  or you can stop by the Children's Circulation desk to pick up a copy.  Each log is color coded and numbered for easy identification.  We've made this extremely easy!  No need to write down titles or authors.  All you need to do is color in one circle on your log for every book read.

Come back to the Library everytime you have completed 100 books to receive a gift book to keep for your own personal library!   After finishing 1000 books, the participating child will receive a certificate of completion, and his/her name inscribed on a book plate in a selected picture book from the collection! 

Frequently Asked Questions

If your child wants to read the same book over and over, that is okay!  Repetition may be tiresome to you, but it is very helpful for building your child's confidence and comfort level with reading.   

All books count towards your 1000 goal, even those that are electronic, like e-books or e-audiobooks. 

Do I need a library card to participate?

No.  We love it if you did have a card or to get a library card if you don't have one!  If you wish to checkout books from the Library, you would need a library card, but you are more than welcome to come to the library, read together,  and count those stories. 

Can I count books read to my child by someone else?
Yes. Any book that is read aloud to your child counts, regardless of the reader.
What if I am already in another "1000 Books" program? 
You are more than welcome to participate in our program, even if you are already participating in another.   You can even use the same books toward the 1000 book goal.  We only ask that sign-up for our program and use the reading logs that we provide. 


Reading Logs (PDF)
20 Ways to Raise a Book-Smart Baby (English)
20 Ways to Raise a Book-Smart Baby (Spanish)
Early Literacy Monthly Calendars
LaSalle Public Library's "Rasing a Reader"