1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

100 books

Did you know that 80% of brain development in a child occurs before the age of 4? Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parent/child bonding while promoting reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. Our program offers a series of books and manipulative items that increase in reading level, subject content, and engagement as a child moves through them. The program aims to have a child ready for a successful year of kindergarten by having already been exposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts.

How to Get Started

The Hewitt Public Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new and improved, fun and free way to start your child on the path to success. Children ages birth to five years can participate.

  1. Register: Create a READsquared account and register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This can be done at the library's front desk or on any internet-capable device.
  2. Track Your Reading: Complete a paper log with book titles or log the titles through your READsquared account.
  3. Every Book Counts: Whether you take home one of HPL's backpacks of pre-selected books or read a selection of your own books, we want your child to read! Count the books your child hears in story time or books read to them by family and friends. If they are listening to the story, count it!
  4. Milestones: After completing 100 books, stop by the front desk to receive a fresh reading log or tell a staff member that you have been notified of a prize. Prizes are awarded at 100, 300, 500, and 700 books!
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Stop by the library to claim the grand prize and a certificate of completion.

Don't Stop at 1,000 Books

Keep reading to build literacy and vocabulary skills! 1,000 books seems like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you can meet your goal in less than three years. If you read three books a night - or check out HPL's backpacks with 10 pre-selected books - you could be done in less than a year. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think!

Visit the Hewitt Public Library for more free programs that are fun and educational for you and your child, as well as a variety of books to enjoy together.

Happy Reading!