Any child from birth until he or she enters Kindergarten.
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Everyone reads at their own pace. It could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete the program depending on how many books you read with your child. If you read 1 book a day, you will reach 1,000 books in about 3 years. If you read 3 books a day, you'll finish in under a year. If you have more than one child participating, reading all together counts for both children.
Absolutely! Each time you read with your child, whether it's the same favorite over and over or a different book each time, it counts.
Any book intended for children is perfectly fine. They can be library books or books from home. Books heard at story time also count. We'd be happy to help you find books that your child will love.
Check out our children's reading lists.
Check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten backpacks.
Ask a librarian.
Congratulations! Visit the front desk of the library to receive a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten medal for your little reader.