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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all Iowa City families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

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How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  1. Register – At the library and take home your first reading log. You can also register online.
  2. Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a box on the reading log.
  3. Show us Your Reading Logs – When you reach 250 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At the first 250 books, you get a really cool tote bag for carrying all those books. And at each 250-books mark, you get a prize.
  4. Read More Books! When you get all the way to 1000, you'll receive a free book!

Can You Suggest Some Books to Get Started With?

How Can I Read 1,000 Books?

It's easy!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

What Books Count?

  • Books read at Storytime if you attend
  • Books may be read more than once and recorded
  • Books from home or ICPL – even other libraries
  • Books on CD as long as they listen to the whole story
  • A book read by any family member, teacher, etc.
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader

Who's in the 1,000 Books Hall of Fame?

Our first inductees are coming soon!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is made possible through the generous support of Pearson and the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

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