1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter 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!
How does it work?
Participation in the program is free. Just visit any Worcester Public Library location to pick up a welcome folder.
1. Register using Beanstack at mywpl.beanstack.org to keep an online log of the books you read together, or see a librarian for a paper log and help signing up.
2. Read any books to or with your child. Track all books you read together as well as books your child shares with others, at storytime, daycare or preschool.
3. Visit any WPL location each time you read 100 books and receive a sticker. When you reach 1,000 books, your child will receive a free book and a small prize. When you complete 500 books, your child will receive a picture book. Read 1,000 books and your child will be awarded a certificate and a t-shirt they can wear with pride!


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.

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