1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. “Reading with an adult lets kids learn new words, develops their imagination, and is a way to spend loving moments together,” said Robyn Lupa, public services manager for Jefferson County Public Library. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, opens a new window is an easy way to get kids ready to read and learn by sharing books together and earning fun prizes along the way.

The journey to 1,000 books is fun and easy. Snuggle up and share stories. Need suggestions? Check out our staff lists for kids, opens a new window, as well as a suggested week-by-week rundown, opens a new window. Kids often want to hear the same book over and over. Pull out the same beloved, well-worn book and count it every time you read together!

The 1,000 book goal is fun for the whole family, with rewards along the way. Sign up, opens a new window online or at the Library, and pick up or download a tracker (in English, opens a new window or Spanish, opens a new window). Earn a sticker for every 100 books read. Log 500 books to earn a colorful book bag. Finish the program by choosing a brand new children’s book to keep!

Join in lots of early literacy activities all September long with JCPL’s Raise a Reader, opens a new window celebration. Pick up a Take & Make Activity Kit, opens a new window at any JCPL location and, while there, hop around on a Sidewalk Obstacle Course, opens a new window. Take a stroll around Olde Town Arvada to read Maria Had a Little Llama/Maria Tenia una Llamita on JCPL’s StoryWalk®, opens a new window. Discover each page framed in the windows of local businesses. And count that book toward your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goal!

Imagine how prepared your kids will be when they enter kindergarten having read 1,000 books! Sign up, opens a new window and get started today!