1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think – start today.

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. Celebrate when you and your children reach a milestone together!  

How to Participate:

  • Register at the Carstairs Library
  • Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding and developing literacy skills and a love of reading for enjoyment.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.
  • Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child either on the convenient reading logs available below.
  • If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and siblings.

Reading Logs

Come Read with Us!

Carstairs Public Library
Thursday Evening Story Time 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday Morning Story Time 10:30 AM

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who can participate in this program?  Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. 
  • How long will the program take? The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years.  The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.
  • How many of my children can participate?  All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Name and logo used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation