1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Register your child here to participate in our early literacy program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Reading 1,000 books before kindergarten will stimulate your child’s imagination, improve listening and communication skills, foster a love of reading, and has indicated academic success in the future. Completing the 1,000 Book program will help prepare children for kindergarten and for beginning to read on their own! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-guided, ongoing program for all children, from birth up until they start school, with the goal of encouraging every child to read at least 1000 books before kindergarten.

Any book your child hears counts toward their program goal, including books that are read during our story times and books that you have read before, so children can begin this program at any age and easily meet their goal!

Sign up here and pick up your reading log from the children’s room to get started!

How does it work?
1. Participation in the program is free. Just visit the Woburn Public Library children’s room to pick up a welcome folder.
2. Read any books to or with your child. Track all books you read together on your log as well as books your child shares with others, at storytime, daycare or preschool.
3. Visit the library each time you read 100 books and receive a brag tag and small prize. Read 1,000 books and your child will be awarded a certificate, a free book, and get their picture taken!


Can we really read that many books before kindergarten? Yes! If you read one book a day you can complete the program within three years.

Can other people read to my child besides me? Stories read by parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. all count. You can also count books read at story times.

But my child wants to read the same book over and over, does that count? The good news is that repetition is important to learning and you can count that book multiple times.