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1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Families are invited Get Hooked ony Books by to joining the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Woodward Memorial Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The program is simple. All you have to do is:

Woodward Memorial Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register: Sign up at Woodward Memorial Library. Pick up program materials at the library. Scroll down to find links to print extra reading logs.
  2. Track Your Reading: Have your child color a fish for each book that is read to your child!
  3. Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
  4. 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to receive a special sticker. Take home a new reading log for your next 100 books.
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library and receive a free t-shirt!
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Each reading log features tips from the Every Child Ready to Read program which encourages parent to help their child succeed in reading by doing every day things together such as read, sing, talk, write, and play.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 585-768-8300, or visit our website,

This program is free of charge.

Below find printable resources and additional reading logs:

Reading Log 1 to 100
Reading Log 101 to 200
Reading Log 201 to 300
Reading Log 301 to 400
Reading Log 401 to 500
Reading Log 501 to 600
Reading Log 601 to 700
Reading Log 701 to 800
Reading Log 801 to 900
Reading Log 901 to 1000

Additional Links to Help Get Your Child Hooked on Books:
20 Ways to Raise a Reader

Ages 0 - 24 months Book List
Ages 2 - 3 years Book List
Ages 4 - 5 years Book List


Woodward Memorial Library | 7 Wolcott Street | LeRoy , New York 14482 | 585-768-8300