1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Summit County Libraries!
The program is simple and the rewards are priceless:
- Develop your child’s love of reading at a young age.
- Bond with your child as you read together.
- Teach your child about the library and the joy of books.
- Prepare your child for one of life’s biggest milestones: learning to read!
The goal is simple. Read 1,000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. You can read any book and yes, you can repeat your child’s favorite books.(See below to get answers to other common questions.)
If you read just 1 book a day for 3 years, you’ll have read 1,095 books.
If you read 3 books a day for 1 year, you’ll have read 1,095 books.
To get started:
- Register at your local library or online using our free Beanstack app.
- Keep track of the books you read using the Beanstack app or a reading log coloring sheet.
- Include any and all books read to your child by caregivers, siblings, grandparents, preschool teachers, or story time at the library.
- For every 100 books read, bring your child to the library to receive a reading reward and a free book.
- Celebrate with your child at our annual graduation celebration when they complete 1,000 books!
- And don’t forget to sign your child up for their very own Youth Library Card! Find an application here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do we have to read books from Summit County Library? No,
you can read books from anywhere, such as your home, the doctor’s office, preschool, or other libraries.
- What if my child wants to read the same book over and over?
Repetition is key to learning. Each time you read a book, it counts. Write down the title every time you read the same book.
- I have more than one child that I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Yes, you can!
- Can I count books that are read at story time?
Certainly! Any and every book your children hears at story time counts for this program.
- My child has an electronic/computer game that reads a story to him/her? Can I count that?
As long as your child listens to the entire story, you can count it. Please don’t count it if he or she just plays the games. Be sure to check out the sites Tumble Books on our website for terrific stories.
- What if my child listens to a book on CD? Can I add that to the reading log?
Sure, as long as your child has listened to the entire story.
- My child "reads" books to him/herself. Should I count those?
If your child is only pretending to read, you should not count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together frequently and can read it to him/herself, then go ahead and count it.
For questions, call your local branch or email us at 1000Books@SummitCountyCo.Gov