1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that encourages all Athens Regional Library System 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?
- Talk to your library staff or children's librarian about how to get a 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.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program description and logo courtesy of 1,000 Books Foundation.