1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “Whereas 1,000 books may sound daunting, if a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!

You can do it and we can help! How to participate in 1,000 Books by Kindergarten:

  • Register at any IndyPL location.
  • Take home a tracking sheet to log your first 100 books.
  • Books can be from home or the Library and can be read repeatedly. If you read The Cat in the Hat 5 times, that counts for 5 books.
  • After completing the first tracking sheet, return it to the Library to receive a progress sticker and an additional tracking sheet for another 100 books.
  • Prizes will be awarded for levels of 100, 500 and 1,000 books read.

Here are some more ways to read and enjoy stories (eBooks & read aloud videos) from home. Snuggle up with a child and a computer or iPad!

More FREE Online Reading:

For more information about IndyPL’s early learning programs, call 317-275-4099 or visit indypl.org.

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