1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud regularly to their children. The greatest predictor of school success is reading to a child on a regular basis before they start school.
Register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Children’s Department desk at QPL. Any child who has not yet started kindergarten is eligible to participate. Any book read to the child, by any person, will count toward the total.
Children and families earn awards for reaching reading milestones of books read, at 100, 300, 500, 700, and 1000. Completing 1000 books will earn the family an invitation to a reception and party.
Any child not yet in kindergarten may participate. Families are encouraged to get a library card for their child. Children are eligible for QPL cards as soon as they are born.
- Any book read to the child will count, including:
- Books checked out from QPL
- Books read at QPL story times, either in the library or offsite
- Books read from a home library
- Books read at day care
- Books read at Adams County Health Department
- Books may be repeated on the reading log.
- Any person may read to the child
- Parents or caregivers
- Aunts, uncles, cousins
- Librarians (story time!)
- Books must be logged to be counted toward the 1000 Books total. There are two ways to log books.
View a pdf of suggested titles to read to your child.
Research shows the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age prepares children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed, like developing a bigger vocabulary, understanding the sounds letters make, following a story line, and building background knowledge.
Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to develop their literacy skills.
QPL story times and children’s activities all offer opportunities to share the love of reading with your child and to provide information on building reading skills that parents can implement at home. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is another opportunity to help families build their child’s pre-reading and literacy skills.