1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading is probably the most important thing you can do for your little one’s learning – and when you combine it with a cool reward system, you have supercharged their potential. When you sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, you are setting your kids up to begin school on the right foot.

We know 1000 sounds like a lot, but starting from birth, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you reach the benchmark. Think back to all the picture books you loved growing up! If you’re like most, you begged your mom or dad to read them, AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN! Guess what? Each time counts!

Guess what else counts? Attending Storytime, where one of our fabulous children’s Librarians reads, plays, and engages early learners with music, rhymes, movement, counting, and more! It looks like you are just having fun, but you are actually giving your little one the building blocks of early literacy.

Reading with your kids is proven to be one of the best ways to get them ready for all that is expected in Kindergarten, which is much more demanding than it was even a few decades ago.  Before they reach five is also the most rapid time for brain development. Take advantage of this opportunity – and get close to your kids at the same time.

We can’t wait to give you your starter kit and award them prizes as they approach and achieve 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. When they are done, we will take their picture, which typically brings a huge grin – and give them a keepsake hardback book. However, much more than that, you’ll have the intrinsic award of knowing you gave your kid a huge boost to achieving so much more throughout their lifetime!

How to Register

Children can register two ways:

  • Attend storytime
  • Register at your local library branch, or:

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Enrich your kids with FREE, age-appropriate books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Kids get a book monthly until the age of five

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