1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The Concept is Simple, The Rewards are Priceless

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books (any book) to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten.

Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one 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.

So let’s get started.

Who Can Participate? Any child, ages 0-5 can participate.

Get Started: Register at any JCPL Branch starting August 19 and receive a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log. Download the reading log here

Every Book Counts: New books, same books or storytime books. All books count!

Track Your Reading: Each time you read a book with your child, record it in the reading log.

Show Us Your Reading Log: Each time you and your child reach a milestone, bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own.

Keep On Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000 books. Keep on reading together. There’s more learning ahead! If you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than three years. Ask a librarian for book suggestions to help you on your journey to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Reading Milestones (1 of 2)
Reading Milestones (2 of 2)

Kickoff Events

Penguins at JCPL

Saturday, August 26

11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. at Trafalgar Branch

1:00-2:00 p.m. at Franklin Branch

3:00-4:00 p.m. at Clark Pleasant Branch

We're getting a visit from a real penguin from the Newport Aquarium! The whole family will want to come and learn more about our ocean friends!