1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Welcome to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page, where you will find fun activities and inspiration to encourage you and your little one to read together every day! From tips and activities to crafts and reading lists, we have plenty of learning fun for you to enjoy at home or on the go.

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program that encourages families to read together at home. Research has shown that reading aloud to your child can help build their language and literacy skills, as well as prepare them for school.

The goal is to have your child read or listen to 1000 books before they start kindergarten. The program is self-paced and program duration will depend on how often you read together.

If you read one book a day for a year, you will have read 365 books. 

If you read three books a day for a year, you will have read 1095 books.

How to Get Started


Literacy Activities


Literacy Tips


Click on the image above to learn how join in person or online using the ReadSquared app.  


Make each day extra fun by incorporating our literacy activities! Click on the image above. 


Tips on incorporating early literacy into your routine in fun and creative ways. Click on the image above. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Reading List


Printable Reading Logs

Reading Log

Questions? Click on the image above to view our FAQ page. Or Contact us at (714) 288-2420. 


Don’t know what to start reading? Check out this reading list of 125 books. Click on the image above. 


Lost your reading log? Replacement reading logs can be printed by clicking on the image above. 


Kids Catalog

Kids Catalog

Don't know how to search for titles? Or not sure what our Kids Catalog is? Get instructions here.

Early Literacy Kits

Available for checkout, each kit includes a series of books, a puzzle or game, and flash cards designed to help your child learn to read. Click on the image to get started.Early Literacy Kits 1000 BBK Opens in new window

Read & Make

Check out our Read & Make activities that incorporate crafts with some of your favorite picture book titles. Click on the images below for instructions.

There's a Giraffe in My Soup
The Carrot Seed Read and Make
Dragons Love Tacos Read and Make
Memoirs of a Goldfish