1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Vail Public Library invites you to embark on a fantastic, lifelong journey with your child with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy project.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat them!) before your little one starts kindergarten.

Does it sound hard?  Just think, if you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age (and very few children will let you stop at “just one” book a night!), it’s easier than you think!


  • Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding.  Reading together is fun and will create life‐long memories for the both of you.
  • Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child.  Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, on our convenient reading log sheets, online, or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake item for your precious child.
  • If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and siblings.

Where’s My Teddy? – Jez Alborogh

What Treat Can Ruben Eat? – John Ruben M. Jr. Aranton

Happy Birthday, Moon – Frank Asch

Chilean Mines –  Saige J. Ballock-Dixon

Ten, Nine, Eight – Molly Bang

 Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing – Judi Barrett

The Three Bears – Byron Barton

How Do I Love You? – Marion Bauer

A Visitor for Bear – Bonny Becker

Dora’s Sleepover – Lara Bergen

Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans

The End (Almost!) – Jim Benton

Bear’s Busy Family – Stella Blackstone

1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Mark Borghese

Little Gorilla – Ruth Bornstein

The Mitten – Jan Brett

Stone Soup – Marcia Brown

Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant – Jean de Brunhoff

 Mr. Gumpy’s Outing – John Burningham

The Moon Sees You & Me – Caleb Burroughs

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – Virginia Lee Burton 

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

Stellaluna – Janell Cannon

Biscuit Loves the Library – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow

Ninja! – Arree Chung

Fred Stays with Me – Nancy Coffelt

Freight Train – Donald Crews

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type – Doreen Cronin

Good Dog, Carl – Alexandra Day

Jamberry – Bruce Degen

Arthur: Abuela – Arthur Dorros

Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman

¡Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch

¡Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!

¡Falconer, Ian: Olivia

¡Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George

¡Flack, Marjorie: Ask Mr. Bear


In addition to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, the 1000 Books Foundation supports #TheBigRead (an annual one-day event that promotes the reading of just one book) and a very active social community on Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube.  Just click on their icon to visit their website!




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