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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple. The rewards are priceless.

Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a library program that encourages families and caregivers to read 1,000 books (or more!) with their young children before they begin kindergarten.

Studies show that families who read aloud to their children from birth help strengthen language skills and build vocabulary — two essential tools for when children begin learning to read.

Program Overview

Read any book to your newborn, infant, or toddler! Your goal is to read 1,000 books together before your child enters kindergarten. It goes fast!

If you read just one book a night, you will reach more than 1,000 books after three years.

Making reading part of each day is fun! To help incentivize your reading at home, prizes are earned each time you read 200 books. Visit a Meridian Library location (Cherry Lane, Silverstone, Tiny Library, and the Bookmobile to receive a special prize for every 200 books you read.

Receive a FREE Book Upon Completion!

Once you reach your 1,000-book reading goal, visit a library location to pick out a free book to keep!

How To Participate

  • Sign up here. Start by creating an account for yourself, and then add all children who are participating.

  • Read with your child. Studies have shown reading is an excellent bonding opportunity. You will create lifelong memories as you help your child build early literacy skills!.

  • Log your reading. Keep a tally of the books you read together. Make note of which ones your child enjoyed the most. You can do this in your booklet or by logging the books using this website. 

  • Don't forget to count the books others read to your child/children — including siblings, teachers, and other family members.


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Who can participate?

Every child, from birth until entering kindergarten.

How long will the program take?

Go at your own pace. Reading just one book a day will have you finishing in a bit less than three years.

Can other people read to my child? 

Yes! Any and all books read by parents, grandparents, siblings, etc., count toward your goal. Don't forget to count books read at library storytimes.

Can we repeat books? My child wants to read the same book over and over!

Yes! Repetition is actually important to learning, and you can count books each time you read them.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Printable Logs

Download 100-Book Log Sheet

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