1,000 Books 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 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.  Learning to read begins long before a child enters kindergarten.  Reading to your 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.  

How does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?

  • Track your reading -- Each time you read a book with your child, fill in the title on your reading log. 
  • Show us your 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 librarians will update your participation status.
  • Read more books -- Keep collecting log sheets until you reach 1,000 books.  It might take a while, but that’s okay!
  • Celebrate! -- When you reach 1,000 books, receive your free book and your certificate of completion.
Register -- Pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading folder.  We will sign your child up on our participant list.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs

Can you really expect to read 1,000 books to your child before Kindergarten?  It seems like a lot, but you can do it!  If you read one bedtime story every night to your child for 3 years, you will have shared 1,095 books!

Can I read any book?  Even the same book over and over?  You can read any book to your child from anywhere --- libraries, book stores, preschool, or Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  Repeating books is just fine.  In fact, repetition builds vocabulary and memory. 

My child has an iPad.  Can he/she use it for the 1,000 Books program?  Yes.  Children can listen to or read stories on e-book readers, tablet computers, or other devices.  Please do not count computer games.

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 your 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 read, too, so check out what your library offers for school-aged kids.  Be sure to enroll all your children in your library’s Summer Reading Club.

Reading logs are also available here.

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