1,000 Books before kindergarten

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read! Open to kids birth through kindergarten. 

How to Participate:

1. Start a Reading Log

Decide how you want to track your reading. Do it however works best for you.  You can use the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App, buy or make a blank book to write down the books you read, or just jot them on a piece of paper.

2. Track Your Reading

Each time you read a book with your child, record the title in your reading log. 

3. Show us Your Reading Log at Milestones

  •  At each 100 books milestone, visit the library for a sticker.
  • At 500 books receive a new book to take home - and keep!
  • At 1,000 books receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Sing Lee Alley Books.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?
You log each book you read to your child. If you read the same book 10 times, just log the book ten times.

Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by a nanny or day care provider? Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.

Do the books have to be library books? No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.

What if a child can read before starting kindergarten? Does it count when children read books by themselves? Reading is an important activity for adults to do with children, so if your child reads to you, that counts too!

My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them? As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts!

What happens when my child starts kindergarten? Do we have to stop?  You can  keep participating in the program until December of the year your child starts kindergarten.