1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Any child from birth to the day they enter Kindergarten is able to sign up for “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” which encourages reading to young children. This program is open to residents of North Tonawanda, Wheatfield, and Pendleton.

Register for the program by visiting the Children’s Department at the library. After signing up, you and your child will receive a folder with your first reading log. Two different reading logs are included:

1. A title reading log to complete to receive prizes
2. A coloring reading log for your child to color if he or she is able to or wishes to complete.

Use the reading logs to record 100 books at a time.

Return to the library each time you and your child have read 100 books with your completed title reading log to receive a special sticker and your next 100 books reading log. You can also print every reading log from home below. Additional prizes will be awarded for various milestones.

When you have finished 1,000 books, your child will receive a free book. Everyone registered for the program will also be invited to a celebration party in August of that year.

How Long Does It Take To Reach 1,000 Books?
• The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together. If you read only 3 books a day to your child, you will complete the program in less than a year.

Child’s age at start of program Number of books to read per day to complete program Number of books to read per week to complete program
0 years old 1 4
1 year old 1 5
2 years old 1 7
3 years old 2 10
4 years old 3 20

• 1 book per day x 3 years = 1,095 books
• 10 books per week x 2 years = 1,040 books
• 3 books per day x 1 year = 1,095 books

What Books Count?
• Books from the library or home
• Books read at storytime if you attend
• Books read on an iPad or e-reader
• Books on CD or other audio books
• Books in different languages
• A book read by any family member, teacher, etc.
• Books read for any library program throughout the year
• Books may be read more than once and recorded each time

Reading Logs

Title Reading Logs 1-1,000

Coloring Shapes Reading Logs 1-1,000