Studies have shown that children who are read to from a young age develop wide-ranging vocabulary and stronger language skills. The goal of reading one thousand books before Kindergarten will help your child develop the early pre-literacy skills needed to learn to read. This program is self-paced and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how often you read together. 

You can do it! It's easier than you think.       


How 1000 Books Before Kindergarten works:

Step 1: Get started

Pick a few books and start reading to your child. Use the tracking sheet below to log number of books you have read. 

You can have more than one child working through the program as long as each child is five years of age or younger and has not started school. 

You do not need to formally register for this program. 

Step 2: Track your reading

Download and print the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tracking sheets: DOWNLOAD HERE

You can keep a list of the title and author of the books you read on the page of these pages but this is not required. Use the free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app for iphone and android to assist you. 

Step 3: Get in touch

For every 250 books that you read, you'll receive a prize! Email when you reach each 250 book milestone. Prizes include a free book, a literacy based craft activity and more!

How fast you reach each milestone is up to you. You can read one book or multiple books each day:

  • 3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
  • 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 book

    Step 4: Read and read some more

    There is no required reading list. The books you track do not need to be library books and can be counted more than once, if you read them more than once.

    You can also include books read to your child by someone other than yourself.

    Books read as part of the TD Summer Read Club count towards 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

    You can read books in any language! 

    Ebooks count towards milestones. 

    Step 5: Graduate

    When you and your child reach 1000 books, email to arrange a visit to the library for a graduation ceremony, photo and certificate. Take a picture of your child holding a book and post on the Library's Facebook page using the hashtag #1000BookstoReadTBPL

    *Name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation