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1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program offered by the Bailey Library to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers.

Designed for children from birth to age five, this program helps children develop the tools they need to become proficient readers and encourages parent and child bonding through the activity of reading together.

The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before the child reaches kindergarten. A prize bundle including a stadium cup, origami bookmarks, buttons, and a certificate of completion is awarded once you reach your goal.

With the support of this program, we hope that you and your child will develop a love of reading, an appreciation for the library and discover the joy in reading together.

Need ideas for what to read next with your child? Visit: Choosing Kids Books, Book Lists for Kids, and New Kids Books at the Bailey Library

Visit the children’s desk to register your child and receive a copy of a 1000 Books Reading Log in which you will be able to keep track of your progress and the titles of books that you and your child read together. In order to receive a prize package and certificate of completion, please be sure to hand in completed logs.
You can also download and print logs from home by clicking one of the links below:

Reading Log Sheet – 1-100

Reading Log Sheet – 101-200

Reading Log Sheet – 201-300

Reading Log Sheet – 301-400

Reading Log Sheet – 401-500

Reading Log Sheet – 501-600

Reading Log Sheet – 601-700

Reading Log Sheet – 701-800

Reading Log Sheet – 801-900

Reading Log Sheet – 901-1000

Download the app!

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten name and logo are used with the express permission of The 1000 Books Foundation.


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