1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000JPEGVail 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!

Join us for Story Time every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday for age appropriate stories, games, songs, and activities.  And in case you can’t wait for Story Time, here’s a list of 75 favorite children’s books available from Vail Public library to get you started!


To enroll your child in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and to track your progress, please visit Beanstack (Vail Public Library’s online book club service) by clicking on the Beanstack icon.


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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