1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all Athens-Clarke county families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary - two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  • Drop by the Children's Information Desk, and take home your first reading log - or download the app!
  • Track Your Reading - Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log.
  • When you get all the way to 1000, you'll receive a certificate and a special prize!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs

For Families with Babies and Young Children

This program is meant to take 3-5 years to complete, so if your child is almost ready for kindergarten, this might not be the right program for you.

But if you've been reading to your child all along, he or she has already received the benefit of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - well done!

Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?

No - the program begins for your family on the day you register, and you only count books you read after registering.

My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?

You count the book every time you read it. If you read the same book 10 times, you count it ten times.

Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by my nanny or day care provider?

Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.

Do the books have to be library books?

No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.

My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?

As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts.

Recommended Reads for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Recommends: Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

American Library Association: Caldecott Award winners from 1938 to Present

USA Today: The 100 'Greatest Books for Kids'

American Library Association: Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books, 2006 - Present

American Library Association: Coretta Scott King Award winners

Georgia Children's Book Award: Past Picture book Award Winners and Nominees
Picture book Award Winners (Grades K – 4)

New York Times: Children's Picture Book Bestsellers

Goodreads.com: Popular Children's Picture Books Shelf

Amazon.com: 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

Amazon.com: Best Children's Books of 2014 by Age, Ages Birth to 2

Amazon.com: Best Children's Books of 2014 by Age, Ages 3-5

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program description and logo courtesy of 1,000 Books Foundation.

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*NEW* Muzzy Club Language!

Available on your computer (sign in with your library card number) or using the Puffin Academy App!

Sesame Street eBooks

Sesame Street eBooks!

Read Sesame Street eBooks for free with your library card!

How Can I Read 1,000 Books?

It's easy!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books

1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

You can:

  • Read the same book over, and over, and over.
  • Read in any language.

Storytimes count, too! – See the FAQ on the left

Support 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

While the Library applauds families who already read a lot to their children, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten makes a special effort to reach families who do not know about the importance of reading to children from a young age.

You can help by donating to the The Friends of the Athens Clarke County Library.”

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