1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Illustration of seeds sprouting in the sunshine under the words "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten"

For Ages 0 - 5

Studies show that families who read aloud to their children from birth help strengthen language skills and build vocabulary — two essential tools for when children begin learning to read. Reading together is also an excellent bonding opportunity. You will create lifelong memories as you help your child build early literacy skills.

If you read just one book a night, you will reach more than 1,000 books after three years. And through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, you can win prizes along the way!


Keep Track
You can track of the books you read in a printed reading log booklet:
  • Pick up a free reading log booklet at our Hidden Springs, Lake Hazel, Star, or Victory locations.
  • Read any book to your newborn, infant, or toddler! For every book read, color or check off the picture of the book in your reading log.
  • Don't forget to count the books others read to your child — including siblings, teachers, and other family members! Stories read to your child at daycare/preschool, at library storytimes, or at a grandparent's house count too! And remember, if you read the same book over and over again, it counts each time!

Earn Prizes
Making reading part of each day is fun! To help incentivize your reading at home, your child earns a prize after each 100 books that you read!
  • Visit any Ada Community Library location (Hidden Springs, Lake Hazel, Star, or Victory) to receive a special prize for every 100 books you read!
  • Once you reach the 1,000 book reading goal, visit any Ada Community Library location to pick out a free book for your child to keep!
This program is in partnership with Meridian Library District.