The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is simple: Read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. This program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together. This is a very manageable endeavor. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in three years.

The goal of the program is to provide a simple, innovative yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills. This program will help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.

How to participate: Sign up in the Children’s Department of the library. Pick up your first reading log or download it from this site. Simply write down the books (and yes, you can repeat books) that you read to your child on the reading logs. Bring in the completed log when you child reaches a milestone (100 books, 200 books, 300 books, and so on). Stickers will be awarded for every completed reading log. Prizes will be awarded at the 100, 500, and 1000 milestones.

Reading Logs: