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What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: Kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read long before they enter school. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them. 

Getting started...

  1. Come into the library to register or register with the form below. If you’d like to track with a paper log, please pick one up at the library. You can also register for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App and track your progress digitally.
  2. Every time you read 100 books, you can come into the library to collect a sticker.
  3. Send a photo of your child to if you’d like your child to be a part of the 1000 Books display in the Children’s Room.
  4. Keep reading!

It’s okay if you read the same book 100 times! Rereading old favorites helps brains grow. Reading a book your child already knows strengthens connections in the brain, ensuring those connections stay put as your child continues to learn new things.

Verona residents only, please. You can also check your local library or participate on your own through the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten official website.

Read-to-Me Roamers Summer Reading

If you’d like to participate in the summer reading challenge for this age group, register above for 1000 Books and come to the library to pick up a challenge board or download it here. After completing all the literacy challenges, your child can pick a prize from the treasure chest.

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