1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children get a jump start for school by participating in this free program that encourages families to read 1,000 books before their children start kindergarten.

Program Overview1000 Books Before Kindergarten Logo

The concept is simple, however the rewards are priceless. Read a book - any book - to your newborn, infant or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten.

Reading 1,000 books isn’t as difficult as it sounds. If you read just one book a day, you will reach 1,000 in just three years. If you read three books a day, you’ll finish in under a year. Considering most children start kindergarten at around age 5, you have more than enough time to complete the challenge.

How to Participate

  1. Visit the front desk of the Mansfield Public Library to sign up.
  2. Each participating child will receive a sentence strip showing their name, year they start kindergarten and space for milestone stickers. These sentence strips will be displayed in the library in the children’s section.
  3. Start reading.
  4. Keep track of the number of books read. You may use a notebook, your phone, online or whatever method you wish.
  5. Visit the front desk of the library for every 100 books read to receive a milestone sticker to display on your sentence strip. You don’t have to present your reading list to staff.
  6. Once you have read 1,000 books, your child will receive a special medal commemorating their accomplishment.

Backpacks1,000 Books Before Kindergarten backpack

The library now offers 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten backpacks. Each backpack is filled with 10 different books in a convenient and portable package. Once you’ve read through 100 backpacks, you’ll have read 1,000 books. The library is currently working towards providing 200 different backpacks.

Enjoy these printable backpack reading logs:

Backpack 1-100 Reading Log

Backpack 101-200 Reading Log