1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research shows the biggest predictor of school success is the simple, enjoyable act of reading together regularly from birth to age five. We invite you to take up the challenge to build lifelong learners as you bond through books with this fun and easy program.

How the Program Works

  • Register online and log your reading through READSquared online, or through the app.
  • Track your reading. Daily, weekly or monthly, login and log how many books you've read to your child.  They'll earn badges for every 100 books.
  • When you and your child reach 1,000 books, come celebrate at the library! Your child will receive:
    • A library card (even if they’re under 5).
    • A coupon for a free book at the Friend’s Book sale
    • A 1,000 Books Backpack
    • A name plate in their favorite library book.


To sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, register on READsquared and select the 1,000 books before kindergarten program.

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How to Read 1000 Books

  • 3 books per day for 1 year = 1,095 books
  • 1 book per day for 3 years = 1,095 books
You can read books from anywhere. They don't have to be library books. Not sure which titles to pick? Ask your librarian. We are happy to help!

Repetition is the key to learning. If your child wants to read the same book again and again, you can count it each time. Don't forget to list books your child hears in our storytimes, or at preschool or daycare, or with friends and family members. All books count!