1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books BK

What Is it?

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading initiative is a self-guided, ongoing early literacy program designed to encourage reading to little ones under 5. 1,000 books might seem like a daunting task, but you will be surprised at just how achievable this goal is! If you read just one book a night, you will have read over 1,000 books to your child by the time they are 3. Also, you don't have to read 1,000 unique books. Rereading your child's favorites counts just as much. The books read during library programs, community events, etc. can also be included. Every book counts!


How Do We Get Started?

No sign-ups are necessary! Stop by the Richmond, Berea, or Bookmobile locations to pick up your yellow welcome folder. The folder contains book tracker sheets, achievement chips, a suggestion list, and a letter from the Youth Librarians.


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How Does It Work?

Every time a book is read to your child, whether by you or someone else, fill in a circle on the tracker sheet. Then, for every 100 books you read, turn in the corresponding achievement chip with your child's name written on it to the main desk in Berea or Richmond. These chips will become part of an installation art piece showcasing the achievements of our program participants.


Speaking of achievements - when a child turns in the final star-shaped chip, they will be awarded a certificate of completion and given a "1,000 Books" t-shirt.  


What Should Be Read?

At MCPL, we have great books that children love, from timeless classics to popular bestsellers. The youth department has compiled a list of some of our favorites as a jumping-off point. This suggestion list is available inside your welcome folder, at any of our check-out desks, in the children's area, or digitally through the link below. 


If you need more suggestions, speak with one of our librarians. We are always happy to help!