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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get your child ready to read by sharing books together!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge to read, you guessed it, 1000 books with your little one before they start kindergarten. The Library’s special program for you and your kiddo(s) is an easy way to get your child ready to learn and read by sharing books together and earning fun prizes along the way!

Get Started with 1,000 Books

Discover creative ways to get your little one ready to read.

Read for Prizes

The journey to 1,000 is as fun as it is easy! Earn a sticker for every 100 books you read, as well as fun midway and finisher prizes. Track your reading online or with our downloadable tracker in English or Spanish.


Midway Prize

Log 500 books and pick up your midway prize -- a fun, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten branded book bag!


Finisher Prize

1,000 books is just the beginning. When you finish the program, earn a complimentary children's book that helps you continue celebrating the joy of reading!

Events for Young Readers

These special programs at our library are perfect for getting kiddos excited about books, reading and all things learning.

Raise a Reader

This September, we're raising readers! From an interactive StoryWalk® to Outdoor Story Times, learning to read has never been more fun!

Read and Play at Library Story Times

Daily, Times Vary
Various Locations
The books we read at Story Time count toward your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten total! Plus, you'll have fun singing and dancing together!

1,000 Books in 1 Year

With a book a day, you're on your way! Reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is easy! Read along with us all year long. These lists showcase 20 books each week, and after 50 weeks of reading, you'll have read 1,000!

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Explore Staff Picks

These special staff lists help you check off your next few reads for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

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