One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal to encourage children to 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!

Here are the easy steps for participation:

1. Sign up at any branch to receive your paper log, or register to log online at

2. Read together; at home, in the waiting room, at the library, everywhere!

3. If you use a paper log, color a circle for each book read on your paper log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time! Write the titles of your child’s favorite at the bottom to keep. If you log, online, simply enter the number of books read (titles optional).

4. When you finish reading 100 books, visit the library and:

  • Receive a sticker for your completed paper log or online badge
  • Collect your next paper log or sign in online to keep logging

5. Repeat steps 1-4 and receive a different sticker and log at each level.

6. When you’ve read 500 books, your child will receive their first prize book.

7. After reading 1,000 books, your child

  • Receives a book and a certificate
  • Receives a ticket for the 1,000 Books Graduation Party
  • Gets a jump start on success in school

This program has no end date except your child’s first day of school, so don’t feel rushed -- just enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,095 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way.

The library is a fun place to find books to check out, free programs and great suggestions for what to read. We hope you’ll come see us for books, programs, and, of course, your stickers and prize books.


Happy reading!


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Do we have to read 1,000 different books?

You may repeat titles as often as you like. The purpose of the program is to spend the time reading together.

How long will the program take?

The program can take anywhere from a few months or a few years. The program allows you as the parent to set the pace and when you finish will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?

If you have more than one child that is pre-kindergarten age, all may participate and can count books on individual logs.

Our family has had a great experience with the program. How can I share our story?

We would love to hear your feedback about the program and see special moments that you’ve captured along the way. We encourage all participants to leave comments on feedback on our contact form and to post photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TrailsRegional

What books do you recommend?

There are so many wonderful children’s books to choose from. While we encourage you to explore the library and let your child pick out their books often, here’s a list of 100 greats to get you started.