1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a fun, exciting and free way to help your child develop the early literacy skills needed to start kindergarten. Sharing books with children is a wonderful bonding experience and promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. Any child from birth to five years of age can participate. 

Just follow these steps:

  1. Register: Sign up here
  2. Print out one of the following options: -Log sheets for each 100 books read (color in circles) here. -log sheets for each 50 books read (record book titles) here.
  3. Visit the Library: Add a leaf with your child’s name to our tree display.
  4. Track Your Reading: Color in a circle or record the title, for each book you read with your child, on your reading log.
  5. 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.
  6. 1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate and be recognized at the library at an annual event for all 1,000 Books participants, receive a certificate.Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you complete the program so we can prepare your child's certificate and invite you to our annual 1,000 Books event.

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit the Mount Pleasant Library often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one 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!

For more information, speak with a librarian in the Children's room or visit the library's website.