1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is now available online!

Reading to your child is the best way to prepare him or her for school. This is a great way for parents and children to bond through reading. Give your child one of the most important gifts you can give – the gift of reading


Any child/infant before they attend kindergarten with a caregiver can participate

This program can be completed on your own schedule. There is no deadline to complete by.

You can read board books, picture books, simple nonfiction, anything that the parent and child want to share together. Yes, you can repeat books.

Check in each time the child finishes 100 books.

How to get started:
  1. Read together and track the number of books on a reading log.
  2. When you finish the first 100 books, bring your completed form to the Youth and Teen Services desk at the library and ring the cowbell!
  3. Keep repeating this process, showing a librarian your progress and participating in celebrations until you reach your 1000 books goal. Celebrations at every level will be different.
  4. When you reach 1000 books you will receive a book and your invitation to our graduation party!

Here are 50 books to get you started:

Alborough, Jez: Where’s My Teddy?
Antony, Steve: Please Mr. Panda
Asch, Frank: Happy Birthday, Moon
Bang, Molly: Ten, Nine, Eight
Barrett, Judi: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
Bauer, Marion: How Do I Love You?
Becker, Bonny: A Visitor for Bear
Bornstein, Ruth: Little Gorilla
Brett, Jan: The Mitten
Brown, Marcia: Stone Soup
Brown, Margaret Wise: Goodnight Moon
Cannon, Janell: Stellaluna
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin: Biscuit Loves the Library
Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Christelow, Eileen: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Cronin, Doreen: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
Day, Alexandra: Good Dog, Carl
Degen, Bruce: Jamberry
Eastman, P.D.: Are You My Mother?
Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch
Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Falconer, Ian: Olivia
Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George
Goble, Paul: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Hill, Eric: Where’s Spot?
Jenkins, Steve: What do you do with a tail like this?
Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Keats, Ezra Jack: The Snowy Day
Lobel, Arnold: Frog and Toad Are Friends
London, Jonathan: Froggy Gets Dressed
Martin, Bill: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Martin, Bill: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
McBratney, Sam: Guess How Much I Love You
McCloskey, Robert: Make Way for Ducklings
Numeroff, Laura: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Peña, Matt de la: Last stop on Market Street
Penn, Audrey: The Kissing Hand
Rey, H.A.: Curious George
Rossetti-Shustak, Bernadette: I Love You Through and Through
Sendak, Maurice: Where the Wild Things Are
Seuss, Dr.: Green Eggs and Ham
Seuss, Dr.: The Cat in the Hat
Taback, Simms: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Tullet, Hervé: Press Here
Willems, Mo: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Wood, Audrey: The Napping House
Yolen, Jane: How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Yolen, Jane: Owl Moon
Young, Ed: Seven Blind Mice
Zion, Gene: Harry, The Dirty Dog