For Parents

1,000 Books By Kindergarten

01/04/2019 | For Parents

Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime. 1,000 books may sound daunting, but if a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!"

~Abby Brown, IndyPL's Early Literacy Specialist


Substantial research indicates that the more children are read to during their early years, the more prepared they will be to read when entering kindergarten. 1,000 Books By Kindergarten is a program designed to help you reach the goal of reading 1,000 books to your child before the first day of Kindergarten.

You can do it!

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.

We can help!

To make this even easier, check out a Bunny Book Bag already full of 20 picture books OR a Baby Bunny Book Bag full of 12 board books.

Read them, and then return them fine free! That's worth repeating...No fines! Grab one and go!

For more information about IndyPL's early learning programs, call 317-275-4099.

~ IndyPL_CarrieW

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