1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For the first time, on June 23, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy. In light of this, we created a new program for children aged birth to pre-Kindergarten. Our goal is to help you, the parent, read 1,000 books to your child before they begin school. 
The policy statement recommends that pediatric providers promote early literacy development by:  
(1) Advocating the benefits of reading aloud with young children;  
(2) Counseling all parents about shared-reading activities;  
(3) Providing developmentally appropriate books during their visits for all young children;
(4) Using different options to support and promote these efforts; and  
(5) Partnering with other child advocates that support and promote these key early shared-reading experiences. 
When low-income based children have reached 3 years old, they are at a 30 million word deficit–oral and text–compared to children who are not low-income based. This statistic has profound implications for the future of our country. 
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during the lifespan. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. 
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud to their children regularly. 

Yes, it does count as 5 books when you're forced to read Chu's Day 5 times in a row. 

Questions and general quests for more information should be directed to the Children's Librarian at your branch. You can do so by clicking on your branch here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 50 books:  Sticker 
  • 100 books:  Picture taken and displayed on digital signage 
  • 250 books:  Bookmark 
  • 500 books:  Free Book 
  • 750 books:  Library Tote Bag 
  • 1000 books:  T-shirt, Certificate, and Picture taken and displayed in a book plate in his/her favorite book! 

Ready to get started? Download our convenient reading logs (or use our iPhone App or Android App) and our recommended reading list!

Program Instructions

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