1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten 

On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.



The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started). 

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your children reach a milestone, give him/her a small reward (stickers, backpacks, books).  *If you turn in your reading logs to the Children’s Dept. at the Paris Public Library, you will earn a cool brag tag every 100 books! 


• Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.  

• Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child.  Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, on our convenient reading log sheets (see below), online, or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake item for your precious child.   

• If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and siblings.  *And library story time books too! 


• Who can participate in this program?  Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.    

• How long will the program take? The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years.  The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.  

• How many of my children can participate?  All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family! 

Reading Log Sheets

Click on the pics below to download log sheets (PDF)

0 - 100 Books
101 - 200 Booksanimal-200
201 - 300 Booksanimal-300
301 - 400 Booksanimal-400401 - 500 Booksanimal-500
501 - 600 Booksanimal-600601 - 700 Booksanimal-700701 - 800 Booksanimal-800801 - 900 Booksanimal-900901 - 1000 Booksanimal-1000

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