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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

1000 Books for Kindergarten

Join HCPL as we encourage a fun, family goal of reading 1,000 books with your child before they reach kindergarten. Doing so will build their vocabulary and develop positive lifelong reading habits. Visit to register and log your books. For more information, please contact a Children’s Librarian at your favorite HCPL location.

Tips for reading 1,000 books!

  • Visit the library once a week and check out 10 books to read every time you go
  • Read at least one book a day
  • Download the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten coloring sheet. Color in each circle every time you finish reading a book
  • Count books read anywhere— including story times or at pre-school
  • Books read for Summer Reading will count towards both programs
  • Reading one book multiple times is okay, and actually encouraged. Young children love repetition (and it counts each time you read it!)
  • Choose books from different formats and genres to add variety—picture books, nonfiction, folk & fairy tales, I Can Reads, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.