1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know? Reading aloud to your child is the best way to prepare them for reading and writing success in school. The time before a child enters kindergarten is crucial for language and brain development, as well as for fostering a lifelong love of reading.

1000 Books for Kindergarten is a free program that encourages you to read one thousand books with your child before he or she begins kindergarten. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to bond with your young child.
Questions?  Email Mrs. Burt at sburt@ledyardlibrary.org


The Program

The concept is simple, but the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books!) before your child starts kindergarten.

Sound hard? Not really if you think about it: If you read just 1 book a night, you will have 365 books in one year–that’s 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at five, you have more time than you think!

How To Participate

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that has no end date except your child starting school. You decide how often and how long you read. The key is perseverance! Celebrate milestones with us at the library as you make progress, and above all, read and enjoy with your child.

Visit Us

Stop by the Children’s Room at Bill Library or Gales Ferry Library to pick up your welcome packet starting September 26, 2020.  You can begin now by printing the first reading log (found below) or downloading the free READSquared App for iPhone or Android.

Log the Books You Read

Log the books you read with your child on the log sheet in your welcome packet or an the app. You can log any book read to your child–that includes books read by siblings, teachers, and librarians, as well as re-reads of favorite stories. 

Bring in Your Log at Every 100 Book Milestone

At every 100 book milestone, bring your log in to the library. We will celebrate your child’s success and hand out a milestone sticker and a log sheet for the next one hundred books. And, with your permission we will share their journey on our social media pages.
Note: The best day to find Mrs. Burt at Bill Library is Mondays and the best day to find her at Gales Ferry Library is Tuesday.  If you would like to make an appointment to ensure she will be available please email her at sburt@ledyardlibrary.org

When you reach 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate of achievement, a book, a sticker, and a book bag!


Program Instructions

Reading Log Sheets

or download individually below:
Title Page
All About Me
Book Review
Sticker Chart

READSquared Information

CLICK HERE to access READSquared via a computer
iOS App available on iTunes
Android App available on Google Play

Book Lists

Book List for 0-24 Months
Book List for 2-3 Year Olds
Book List for 4-5 Year Olds

More Information About Early Literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Website
Reading Rockets
20 Ways to Raise a Book Smart Baby
Get Ready to Read!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?

Any child from birth until she or he enters kindergarten can participate.

How long will the program take?

The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many children can participate?

All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Do we have to read books from the library?

No, you can read books from anywhere.  Just remember to log them on your log or in the app.

Can I count a book more than once?

Yes you can!  Record the book as many times as you read it!

Who do I contact at the library?

Mrs. Burt can be reached via email at sburt@ledyardlibrary.org
Bill Library phone number:  860-464-9912
Gales Ferry phone number: 860-464-6943