Q: What books count?
A: Any books! Books from your own collection, books at story time, library books, audiobooks. If you are listening to a book and finish the whole thing, it counts. Don’t forget to count the ones read by other people: day care, preschool, library story time, and siblings!
Q: Can we read the same books over again?
A: Children love to hear the same books again and again. Repetition is great for children. Read the same book as often as you like – it counts each time!
Q: What ages can participate?
A: The 1,000 Books program is intended for infants through five years old.
Q: We’ve finished 1,000 books. Now what?
A: Way to go! You’ve likely instilled a love of reading (and love of the library) in your child. Don’t stop reading now! Continue to build your child’s vocabulary and comprehension by continuing to introduce new books and reread beloved favorites.
Check out our Early Literacy page for ideas on other skills you can work on to help your child succeed!
Q: Can more than one child participate?
A: Of course! Any child birth through age 5 is welcome to participate in the program until they start kindergarten!
Q: When should my child sign up?
A: You may register any time, from birth through age five. It’s never too early to start preparing your child for success!
Q: Can we really read 1,000 books?
A: It’s easier than you might think.
1 book/day for 3 years = 1,095 books!
3 books/day for 1 year = 1,095 books!
| Start at age 2 –
||One book a day
| Start at age 3 –
||Ten books a week
| Start at age 4 –
||Two books a day