Early Literacy

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading club promotes the importance of reading aloud with children, starting in infancy. Along your journey to 1,000 books, we will provide reading tips, reading logs to track progress (either through the app, online or just plain paper), a free tote bag when you reach 100 books, free books at every reading milestone, a “Reading Stars Wall of Fame” and lots of encouragement and enthusiasm. Any book read to your child counts, including books from story time at the Library or nursery school, even books your child has read before. Give them the opportunity to feel proud of a huge accomplishment! Make sure they are as ready as they can be for one of the biggest moments of their little life — starting school. For more information please see a librarian or give us a call.

Register to record books and earn prizes by:
– picking up a paper reading log OR
– downloading the app OR
participating online

Suggested reading lists:

1000 Books By Kindergarten Ages Birth-1
1000 Books By Kindergarten Ages 1-2
1000 Books By Kindergarten Ages 2-3
1000 Books By Kindergarten Ages 3-4
1000 Books By Kindergarten Ages 4-5

Every Child Ready to Read

eccrcolorEarly literacy begins with you! You can help your child get ready to read years before they start school. From the time they are infants, children learn language and other important skills that will help them learn to read. The pre-reading skills that children need to learn before they enter school include five early literacy practices: singing, talking, reading, writing and playing. Take every chance you get to read with your children, say nursery rhymes and sing songs! Keep it light, keep it fun and read a little bit every day. The Library supports all five early literacy practices by hosting a variety of programs designed to encourage early literacy through books, music and movement. We also provide an extensive collection of books and media materials to help children become successful readers.


Related Online Resources

Tumble Book Library

Sesame Street ebooks

Family Literacy Calendar

Grow Up Reading

Reading Rockets

Zero to Three


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