1,000 Books Before Kindergarten



You are your child’s first and most important teacher!  You know your child best and can work with them at times when they are in the mood to learn.  There are six pre-reading skills that children must have in order to learn to read.  By reading to your child and spending time with them, you can help your child to learn the following:


  • Print Motivation
  • Vocabulary
  • Print Awareness
  • Narrative Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge


For each 100 books recorded, your child will receive a promotional sticker emphasizing the positive benefits of reading for their reading journal.  At the 500-book level your child will receive a copy of the book, You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman.  When your child that reads and records 1000 books—completing the program—they will also receive their very own copy of the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go.   They will also receive a certificate of achievement and will have his or her name proudly placed on the Wall of Fame at the library.  Most importantly, at 1000 books your child will have the tools for reading and school success. 



Why are we offering the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program?  

Everyone has a story to tell, and reading aloud and talking about what you’re reading aids in the development of your child’s brain. 




Frequently Asked Questions


Can you really expect to read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten?

Yes, 1000 books is a very reasonable number of books to have enjoyed before kindergarten.  If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040.  You can begin the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten marathon when your child is a newborn infant!



Do we have to read books from the Montello Public Library? No, you can read books from anywhere- your home, the doctor’s office, the dentist’s office, preschool, Grandma’s house, daycare, the bookstore, and other libraries.



I read the same story every night to my child.  Can I count that book more than once?  

Yes! There is inherent educational value in repetition, and repetition is very good.  You may record a book you’ve enjoyed more than once. 



I have more than one child I read to.  Can I count the same title for each child?  

You sure can!  And if an older child reads to a sibling, you can count that also. 



Can I count books that are read at Story Hour? 

Yes, you can count the books that are during Story Hour.  Just ask Mr. Jess or Mrs. Judy for the titles.  You can record books you hear at other library’s Story Hours as well.  



What about the books that my preschooler hears at school from the preschool teachers? 

Yes, you may count those as well. 



My child has an electronic game that reads the story to him if he chooses.  Can I count that?  

As long as your child listens to the entire story, you can count it.  Please don’t count it if he just plays the games and skips the story. 



When I don’t have time to read to my child, I sometimes let her listen to a book on CD.  Can I add that to her list?

 Yes, as long as she listens to the entire story.  The library staff is flexible on this. 



My older children like to read to their younger siblings.  Can I count those books? 

Count any books that are read your child, no matter who reads the books.  It can be a brother, sister, grandparent, babysitter, teacher, etc.  As long as they listen to the entire story, you can count it.  You may even count an adult or older sibling reading a child instructions on how to complete a task.  The emphasis here is on storytelling, and comprehending the story at hand.