1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The period from birth to kindergarten is crucial for developing language and early literacy skills. Reading to and paging through books with your child every day is one of the most important things adults can do for your child's future. Sharing books strengthens a child's foundation for learning and makes them more ready for school.

The concept of the program is simple: read a book, any book, to your newborn, infant and/or toddler. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten (and yes, you can repeat books). 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! You have more time than you think to complete the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

Enrollment can begin at any time and for any child not yet in kindergarten. Best of all, you can complete the program at your own pace! After you sign-up in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, you will need the first sheet of 1-100. Once you have completed the sheet, bring it back to the Library to turn in and receive the next level. Before you know it, you will have finished 10 sheets and completed the Frank L. Weyenberg Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! (If you want to sign up from home, just email ref@flwlib.org with your child's name and birthdate, your first and last name, and phone number.)

Thank you for your interest in the Frank L. Weyenberg Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! As always, is you have any questions, please stop at the Children's Desk or Reference Desk for help. The Frank L. Weyenberg Library staff are eager to help you find books to engage your child's mind and imagination!

Progress Level Sheets

Keep track of the books you read with your child (and yes, you can repeat books and count them again)!

Online Version

Want to skip the paper forms? Sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten through the FLWLIB Beanstack site and track your child’s reading digitally! You can still record multiple readings of the same book and unlock badges for each 100 books read!