1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a great initiative that will help your young children to begin to read. Since it has no official start date any child, from birth to entering kindergarten, can start anytime. The Goal is simple; read a 1000 books before they enter kindergarten. Along with an app to keep track of the books read and with the help of your library, reading 1000 books will be a piece of cake.

How to get started:

  1. Inform Hamilton County Library that you want to start the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.
  2. Read the book Thousand Books Before Kindergarten; A Promise, A Pledge. Then take the Pledge along with you child to start and finish the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.
  3. Download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app, or get a book record from Hamilton County Library
  4. Start Reading!

It might sound daunting but its really not!  Any book that your child reads or listen to counts toward the goal.  This includes books that they hear at preschool, or at a relatives house. Also, you can repeat the same book multiple times.  If you only read 1 book a night; five times a week; for the whole year; you will read 260 books a year.  This means you could accomplish you goal in five years. Or if you read 1 book every night of the week; it will take three years.

Hamilton County Library can help you meet your goal. The books that are read at Children Programs count toward your goal. The Let Hamilton County Library Help You form will provide more information about how Hamilton County Library can help you reach your goal.

Also, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Sheet will provide help in getting started.

Children Who Have Finished 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Cooper Brucker-May 2017

Mia Boy-January 2017


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