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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 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.

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

The 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 the Hamilton Public Library or online at www.hamilton-public-library.org. Pick up program materials at the library or print them from our website.

2.     Track Your Reading: Write down each book you read with your child on your reading record.

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 record to the library to receive a special reward. Take home a new reading record for your next 100 books.

5.     1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame, and receive a free book.

6.     Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit the Hamilton Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one(s) and to find great books to share with your child.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! 

Happy Reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

Register Online

Printable Registration Form

Printable Reading Logs

iPhone and Android App Instructions

Suggested Reading Lists (Hamilton Public Library may not have every book suggested.)

Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

Books for Babies and Young Toddlers

Books for Two and Three Year Olds

Books for Four and Five Year Olds