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1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Why 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary - two important tools for learning to read when they attend Kindergarten. The key is perseverance!


How can we possibly read 1000 books before Kindergarten?

Easy! One book per night for a year is already 365 books. Do that for 3 years and you've read 1095 books. Most kids start Kindergarten at age 5, so you've got two years of flexibility built-in!


Did we mention there are prizes?

For every 100-book reading log turned in, kids will get a sticker to show their progress.

But that's not all! For every 200 books your child reads, they'll earn a special prize, including bags, books, and a special award for reaching 1000 books.


Still have questions?

Be sure to read the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs, or give the Youth Services department a call at 270-442-2510 x122.

Helpful Resources

Keep Track of Your Reading!

There are two easy ways to keep track of your progress to 1000 Books: reading log sheets and the 1000 Books app.

Get your reading log sheets at the 2nd Floor Check Out Desk or Download it in PDF form.

Want to use the app instead? Get it on your device:

Apple App Store

Android App Store

Get started reading today!

Find Books to Read

If you're going to read 1000 books, you've gotta find some great ones. Explore our catalog of great titles: Library Catalog


Let TumbleBooks Do the Reading

Listening to a read-along book on TumbleBooks counts too!
Get started with the Tumble Book Library!

More great reading resources:

Check out these sites for more online books and tools for practicing your reading: