1000 Books Before Kindergarten
An Early Literacy Initiative:
The Saxton B. Library will be participating an ongoing early literacy initiative called 1000 Books
Before Kindergarten starting in October 2014. This multiyear project encourages parents to
read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school. Experts say that
reaching this goal will help children entering Kindergarten learn to read independently.
How does it work?
Children who register will receive a “Grow a Reader’ early literacy packet that contains a simple
reading log to record all books read to the child. Families are encouraged to return to the Library
every time they finish reading and listening to 200 books. Then, children will receive new reading
logs for their next 200 books, along with small incentives at each new level. Children who reach the
1000 book goal will receive a book to keep and a certificate. Their photo will be put on our ‘Grow a
Reader’ Wall of Fame, and their name will be listed on the Library website!
Here are the easy steps for participation:
1. Register for the program at the Saxton B. Library either at our Kick-off Party on Oct. 6th, 2014
or any time after.
2. Read together
3. Color a seed for every book you read on your ‘Grow a Reader’ Reading Log. If you read a
book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at Library Story Time, at
daycare, or by others to your child also count!
4. When you finish 200 books, bring your sheet to the Library and:
Receive a new Reading Log for your next 200 books
Receive a special prize at each new level
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve read 1000 books!
6. After finishing 1000 books, your child will:
Receive a new book
Receive a completion certificate
Have their name listed on the Library website (optional)
Get an awesome jumpstart on success in school!
This club has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed – just enjoy
the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories,
say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend Library programs. By reading just three stories a day
you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year. You will also have shared
many special moments along the way. The Library is a fun place featuring books to check out,
free programs and great suggestions for what to read. Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff –
we are here to help.
Contact Children’s Librarian Megan Quigley at 860-228-0350