All About 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Mendocino County Library has joined with the 1,000 Books Foundation in offering this free program to our patrons which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Program Overview

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Does that sound difficult? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in one year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think!

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. Visit your Mendocino County library branch and find out about our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

How to Participate

  1. Register for the program at any of our Mendocino County Library branches
  2. Read aloud together - preferably every day
  3. Keep a reading log given to you at the library. Books read at Storytime, daycare, or by others count too!
  4. Tell your librarian when your child has reached a milestone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program? Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

How long will the program take? It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many children can participate? All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!!


Happy Reading!