1000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Sign up at any Handley Regional library and receive your first 1,000 Books reading log, or download one from the list below.

Record each book that you share together on the log. Repetition is great for learning so feel free to record the same titles again and again. Write the title of the book on one side and fill in the numbered spaces on the other side.

When you complete a log of fifty books, bring your sheet to any Handley Regional library location for a small prize.

Keep repeating this process; picking up book logs and turning them in for prizes at any HRL location. Incentives include crayons, stickers, stamps, books and book bags.

When you reach 1,000 books recorded, your child will receive an invitation to a graduation party where a certificate for completing the program and other prizes will be awarded.  For more information, keep reading below.

You may choose to record your progress on a Write-in Log where titles are listed and/or a Fill-in Log where the child uses stickers, markers, crayons or stamps. (Library sites have logs that are double-sided for writing in titles and filling in the ovals.)

Write in Logs:

1-5051-100101-150151-200201-250251-300301-350351-400,  401-450451-500

Fill in Logs:

1-50, 51-100, 101-150, 151-200, 201-250, 251-300, 301-350, 351-400, 401-450, 451-500, 501-550, 551-600,

601-650, 651-700, 701-750, 751-800, 801-850, 851-900, 901-950, 951-1000

What is 1000 Books before Kindergarten?

  • It's a nation-wide program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. 

Why 1000 Books?

  • Although 1,000 books sounds like a huge number, consider this: If you read one book a day (or the same book day after day), you could finish in less than three years. Ten books per week? Less than two years. We have tips, booklists and suggestions for you.
  • Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten.  Sharing a book can include singing a book together, talking about the pictures together, reading it cover to cover, or any other way that works for you and your child.
  • In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.

Who can participate? Preschool-age children (0-5 years old) with their family/caregivers.

Show us your reading logs – Each time you and your child reach a milestone of 50 books, bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1,000 books before Kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own and be part of our graduation party!

Learning to read begins long before a child starts Kindergarten. Reading to your children is the best way to prepare them for Kindergarten! 1KBb4K encourages families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning so children enter school ready to read, listen and learn. Any child from birth to entering Kindergarten can participate in this self-paced early literacy program at Handley Regional libraries.



          The goal is to enjoy 1,000 books together during these early childhood years.







My child is already four years old. How can he/she still participate?

A child can start the program at any time between birth and starting Kindergarten. We will give your child a modified goal based on the age of the child when beginning the program. For example: a four year old should read 300 books in the year before Kindergarten. Of course you can still read to 1,000 books (or more!) if you’d like to!

Grandma, babysitter, older sibling reads to my child. Does that still count?

Yes. The books shared between any caregiver and the child count here. Books read by your child’s librarian at story time also count. When children are ready to read on their own, those books count too!

Does digital content (TumbleBooks™, book apps or ebooks) count?

Yes, digital stories can be counted in the reading log. Some digital content is more of an activity or a game, rather than a story to be read. Activities and games are fun, but fall outside of the reading goals of this project.

My child doesn’t always listen to the whole book. Can I still count it?

Yes, of course. This is meant to be a fun project. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have varying attention spans and not all books will interest all readers. Sharing books together in the early years is about connection, book awareness, print recognition, vocabulary, and play. It’s fine to just talk about the pictures or move on before you get to the end of the book. Be sure to share those books with your child, whichever way works for both of you. Check with our librarians for more tips on reading with your early learner and selecting books for your young child.

My child likes to move. He/she won’t sit still for a book.

This is, of course, totally normal. Young children like to explore and play. Reading aloud while they are playing nearby still builds their literacy and vocabulary skills as they hear new words said aloud. Singing a book can also be a great way to engage a young mover in a book.