1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Get ready for Kindergarten with this fun program! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nation-wide early literacy and school readiness initiative that encourages children to read 1000 books before their first day of Kindergarten. 

  • Benefits of this program:
  • Children are more prepared for learning when they enter school
  • Reading together promotes family bonding
  • Reading boosts language and brain development
  • Helps children develop a love of reading

Children ages 5 and younger may participate as long as they have not started Kindergarten.

How to Participate

  1. Register at Tuttle Library and pick up your information packet and reading log.
  2. Log each book your child reads. 
  3. Bring your child to the library and they will earn a FREE book for every 100 books they record in their log.
  4. Keep going until they've read 1000 books before the first day of Kindergarten!


It's not too early or too late to register! Your child can begin as an infant, toddler, or preschooler. A one-year-old would have to read 5 books per week to reach the goal, and a 4-year-old would have to read 20 books a week. It sounds like a lot, but picture books are quick and easy to read!

Your child does not have to read 1000 unique books. You can repeat books -- repetition helps with learning -- and you can also count books your child hears during Story Time at the library!