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 to complete. 

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



How 1000 Books Before Kindergarten works:

Step 1: Get started

Grab some books and start reading to your child! Use the tracking sheet below to track the 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 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 back of these sheets but this is not required. You can also use the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app for iphone or android


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. If you are looking for a place to start, check out this list of books your child should hear before Kindergarten. Ask staff for recommendations next time you’re at the library. We’d be happy to help you.

        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 Preschool, baby groups, daycares and other programs count toward 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

        You can read books in any language! 

        Storytelling as part of cultural tradition can be counted.  

        Ebooks and audiobooks 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 it on social media using the hash tag #1000BookstoReadTBPL. Make sure to set your post as public so we can see it.

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