1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Families are invited to join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Newtown Library Company. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in just three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

This program is funded through a grant from the Bucks County Foundation. The public is welcome to participate in all Youth Services programming at Newtown Library, including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, at no charge. Borrowing privileges require membership. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years.

For more information please visit Newtown Library Company.


Do we need to be members of Newtown Library Company to participate?

No. This program is generously offered through a grant from the Bucks County Foundation, and is free to the public. Membership in Newtown Library Company is encouraged. Please note that membership is required to check out books from our library.

Why should I read 1,000 books to my child?

Research shows that reading aloud is the number one activity we can do to prepare children for school, learning and a love of books. It is never to late to start. Want more reasons? Please see these articles:

School Library Journal

Four Powerful Ways 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Prepares Kids for School


How do we log books?

There are several ways to log your books. You may print out book logs, keep your own journal or notebook, or use an app. For more information please visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Which books can we log?

Any and all! Whether your child heard a book at school, daycare, with a nanny, grandparent or sibling – or even Story Time – all of the books can count.

My baby/toddler/preschooler only wants to read the same book over and over. How do I log repeated books?

Log the book each and every time you read it together. At this age many kids like to hear the same book over and over — this is completely developmentally appropriate! Even if you only read one book 1,000 times that one book will count.

We completed a log. What do we do?

Congratulations! Now, come in and visit us. We will move your name up the “Your Story Starts Here” wall and give you a sticker. Can’t make it in for a few days? Just keep reading and logging and come in for your reward when you can.

How can we possibly read 1,000 books?

This program is meant to be fun and to help parents and caregivers realize the importance of early literacy. Every book you read to a young child is beneficial. Whether you get to 1 book or 1,000 books your child is still growing.

That being said, 1,000 books is not so daunting if you break the program down into smaller chunks. 200 books per year is less than one book per day. If you read 4 books a week (and we read that many in each Story Time, all of which count) you could finish the program in 5 years. If you read one book per day you can finish the program in less than 3 years.