1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiave designed to help your child learn to love reading. Research shows that reading, singing, and talking with your children helps them build essential language skills necessary to help them get ready to read independently, and it helps foster a love of reading from an early age.

This is a self-paced program for children who've not yet started kindergarten and their caregivers. Caregivers can decide how long and how often you read together, but you track your progress and your child earns prizes for every milestone they reach. Sign up at the Alta Community Library to get started today!

How It Works:

1. Sign up your child at the Alta Community Library. And child who has not yet started kindergarten is eligible, and a library card is not required, but it is encouraged.

2. Your child will receive a reading log for every 100 books they read. Books read at daycare, library programs, and outside of home all count, as do repeat reads! Both books checked out from the library and books from home count toward your goals.

3. Log your reading! Completed logs can be brought into the library for a small prize, and to move your child's star across our reading wall.

4. When you reach 1,000 books, come in for a special stuffed animal and free book prize for your child!

Does 1,000 books sound like a lot? Here's the breakdown!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books

10 books a week for 2 years = 1,040 books

1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

You can do it!