Before Kindergarten is a
collaborative early literacy program between the
Rockford Public Library, North
Suburban Library District,
Cherry Valley Public
Library, and Ida Public Library.The
program encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000
with their young children before they enter kindergarten.Learning to read begins
long before a child
children is the best way to prepare them for school.In as little as 15 minutes a day, families
can build the skills for future success in school and life.
does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?
-- Each time you read a book with your child, fill in the
title on your reading log.
reading log --
For every 100 books read, bring your reading log to the library to
receive a sticker and receive your next log pages. The
will update your participation status.
more books --
Keep collecting log sheets until you reach 1,000 books. It
might take a while, but that’s okay!
When you reach 1,000 books, receive your free book and your certificate
Pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading folder.
We will sign your child up on our participant list.
Books Before Kindergarten FAQs
you really expect to read 1,000 books to your child before
It seems like a lot, but you can do it! If you read one
story every night to your child for 3 years, you will have shared 1,095
I read any book?
Even the same book over and over? You can read any book to
child from anywhere --- libraries, book stores, preschool, or Grandma
Grandpa’s house. Repeating books is just fine. In
repetition builds vocabulary and memory.
child has an iPad. Can he/she use it for the 1,000 Books
Yes. Children can listen to or read stories on e-book
tablet computers, or other devices. Please do not count
Is there an
end date for the program?
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an ongoing program with
no end date. The only requirement is that you finish before
child/children start kindergarten.
Can my older
children participate in the program?
This program is designed to build the language skills and vocabulary
children need for kindergarten. But older children need to
too, so check out what your library offers for school-aged
Be sure to enroll all your children in your library’s Summer Reading