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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program encourages you to read 1,000 books to your child before he or she enters kindergarten. Studies have shown that children who are read to have increased attention spans, more developed listening and language skills and larger vocabularies when they enter school. Sharing stories is a great way to develop important pre-reading skills and to help children learn about the world.  Plus, reading stories together is fun!

How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  •         Register online at and pick up your sticker sheet at the library.
  •         Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten is eligible to enroll.
  •         Track your reading in your online log.

·         Prizes!

o   100 – 400 Books: sticker for each 100 books

o   500 books: 1,000 Books Tote Bag, book for your home library and sticker

o   600 – 900 books: sticker for each 100 books

o   1,000 Books: Choose a free book for your child’s home library and a teddy bear!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to read only books from Kirkwood Public Library?

No, you can read books from anywhere.

My child has favorite books. Can I count the same title more than once?

Yes!  Simply record the title every time you read it.

Is it possible to read 1,000 books before my child enters kindergarten?

Most definitely. Check out this handy chart.

Child’s age at start of program

# of books read per week



1 year old


2 years old


3 years old


4 years old


Do books read at a library storytime count?

Yes, just indicate “storytime” on your log unless you wish to write specific titles.


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