1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence, and an understanding of their place in the world.


It’s easy!

One book a day for three years=1000

Three books a day for one year=1000

Ten books a week for two years=1000


Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears at story time count. Books that others read to your child count, it all counts!


Today! Start anytime your child is between birth and five years old.  It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the library is happy to announce that we will be participating in the National Literacy Program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  This program encourages families to read 1000 books to their children before they hit school.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have 30 book bags of books that families may check out to get off to a great start!  We will also be offering booklets to keep track of books read, and lists to help make the program fun! The Friends of the Library have also generously donated books and book bags to the Preschool at Canaan Elementary School so they can read right along with us!


Keep track of what you read with these printable sheets!