1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a fun program to engage young minds in the discovery of reading.  To read 1,000 books sounds like a lot, but kids LOVE to listen to stories; this is a great opportunity for you and your kid to bond through reading.

Join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to help your preschooler get ready to read!

How the Program Works:

  1. Register online or at any of the eight Mesa County Public Libraries.
  2. After reading 100 books, bring your log to the library and your child will receive a stamp on the reading log. A green leaf with your child’s name will go onto our Reading Tree. For every 100 books read and recorded, your child will receive a stamp.
  3. When you reach the milestones of 200 and 500 books, your child will receive a surprise. Also at the 500 level, we will put a silver leaf on our Reading Tree with his or her name on it.
  4. Keep reading until you reach 1,000 books and your child will receive a free book. We will also put a gold leaf with your child’s name on it onto our Reading Tree.

Reading Superheroes:

Older siblings can be Reading Superheroes! When a sibling reads to a younger child participant, big brother or sister can write the book titles on the reading log and color the star on the corresponding line. When the older child has read fifty books to a younger child, the older child will receive a free book!!

Frequently asked questions

  • How long does it take to read 1,000 books to a child?

If you read only one bedtime story every night for three years you will have read 1,095 books! If you read three books a day to your child, in just one year you will have read 1,095 books! Read at your own pace. The most important thing is to remember the main goal of the program is to expose children to positive reading experiences.

  • Do we have to read books from Mesa County Libraries?

You can read books from anywhere- your home, the doctor’s office, preschool, other libraries, etc.

  • 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. Make sure to mark, in your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log, every time you read the same book.

  • I have more than one child 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?

Of course! Any and every book your children hears at story time counts for this program.

  • What if my child listens to a book on CD? Can I count that? 

Sure, as long as your child has listened to the entire story.

  • My child has an electronic device that reads a story. Can I count that?

As long as your child is engaging in listening to the story, you can count it. Please don’t count if the child is playing the games that might be part of the electronic book version. We also recommend checking out our website for electronic book sites such as BookFlix and Tumble Books.

  • My child “reads” independently books aloud. Can 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 independently, then go ahead and count it.

  • What about older siblings or kids?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is designed for the early stages of development (0-5). MCPLD offers other reading programs that are specifically designed for older kids / older siblings. Make sure to check our website or with your local schools for more information.



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Many of the facts and tips on this page are taken from the American Library Associations’ website and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website.