1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Build Your Baby’s Brain

The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages reading to babies and young children. Research shows when parents talk, read, and sing with their babies and toddlers, connections are formed in their brains. These connections build language, literacy, and social-emotional skills at an important time in a young child’s development.

DeKalb County Public Library wants to support you in building your baby’s brain.

How does it work?

Visit any DeKalb County Public Library branch to receive the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten participation kit. Each kit includes a reusable book bag, free starter book, reading log, and reading tips and recommendations. You can also track progress with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app for iOS or Android devices.

Read books—even the same book many times—each day with your child and record your progress on the family reading log or with the app. Bring your reading log to your favorite DeKalb County Public Library branch or show your progress on the app to receive a reward for your efforts! Families will receive a free book at sign-up and other rewards, including books (while supplies last), when reaching the following milestones:

  • 250 books
  • 500 books
  • 750 books

At the 1000 mark, show your reading log or app and you will receive a prize. Print your family reading log by clicking here.

You can do it!

1 book a day for 3 years = 1095 books

3 books a day for 1 year = 1095 books

Look for storytime programs at your local branch. Books read at storytime programs count toward your goal of reading 1000 books!

DeKalb Library Foundation logo1000 Books Before Kindergarten is supported by the DeKalb Library Foundation.
If you would like to support this initiative, please click here.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a registered trademark of the 1000 Books Foundation.