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!


How to Participate:

  • 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 The Moon Sees You & Me – Caleb Burroughs
What Treat Can Ruben Eat? – John R. M. Jr. Aranton Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – Virginia Lee Burton 
Happy Birthday, Moon – Frank Asch Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
Chilean Mines –  Saige J. Ballock-Dixon Stellaluna – Janell Cannon
Ten, Nine, Eight – Molly Bang Biscuit Loves the Library – Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing – Judi Barrett The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
The Three Bears – Byron Barton Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow
How Do I Love You? – Marion Bauer Ninja! – Arree Chung
A Visitor for Bear – Bonny Becker Fred Stays with Me – Nancy Coffelt
Dora’s Sleepover – Lara Bergen Freight Train – Donald Crews
Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type – Doreen Cronin
The End (Almost!) – Jim Benton Good Dog, Carl – Alexandra Day
Bear’s Busy Family – Stella Blackstone Jamberry – Bruce Degen
1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Mark Borghese Arthur: Abuela – Arthur Dorros
Little Gorilla – Ruth Bornstein Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman
The Mitten – Jan Brett ¡Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch
Stone Soup – Marcia Brown ¡Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown ¡Falconer, Ian: Olivia
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant – Jean de Brunhoff ¡Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George
 Mr. Gumpy’s Outing – John Burningham ¡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 has a very active social community on Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube.  Just click on their icon to visit their website!




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