Early Reading — 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Early Reading — 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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1000 Books
Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Falls Library

Introduce reading to your child and keep track of your progress with this free program.
“Families can read a book (any book) to their newborn, infant, and/or toddler,” according to 1000 Books Foundation in Nevada, which supports the early literacy initiative. “The goal is to have read 1,000 books (families can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten.”
This ongoing, self-directed program provides opportunities to earn rewards at these participating libraries.


Barberton Public Library
This free program provides opportunities to receive rewards at the end of the different reading levels (ranging from 300-1000) They can sign up at the library to get a different sticker and numbered reading sheet. Prizes range from reading bags, plus animal finger puppets, board characters and books. Visit here for information.

Cuyahoga Falls Library
Children who listen to 500 books will earn a book to keep and those who reach 1,000 will receive a commemorative “1000BBK” tee shirt. Stop by the Children’s Room for details and to sign up. This is an ongoing program so you can sign up anytime. Visit here for more information.

Hudson Library
When your family finishes the 1,000 books, according to the library, the child will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to put their name in one of a selection of new library books. They’ll also have a great jump start on school success!  Hudson Preschool Parents provided the initial donation enabled the library to launch the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Visit here for more information.

Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna
Families can register at the library to receive a reading log or use the iTunes App to keep track of books. There are three levels (100, 500, 1,000) where your child can collect prizes. When they reach 1,000 they will be rewarded a certificate and t-shirt “I read 1000 Books before Kindergarten” sponsored by Allen Aircraft of Ravenna. Visit here for more information.

 Shaker Heights Library
Keep track of the books starting from the birth of your child. Every book cuts, according to the library’s website. For every 100 books, you can visit Shaker Heights Library and receive a special certificate. This is a great way to share the joy of reading with your child. Visit here for more information.

Curious to see if your library offers this program. Check your library’s local listings.

About the author

Angela Gartner is the current editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for Cleveland/Akron/Lake-Geauga Family magazines. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. She loves watching her two sons play either at the ice rink or baseball field. Her favorite things are books, spending time finding new places around Northeast Ohio and hanging out with the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger.

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