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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Toddler reading a book.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library is encouraging children to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!Reading aloud to your child is one of the best things you can do to help prepare them for Kindergarten. It’s an activity known to develop essential pre-reading skills. Most importantly, reading aloud to your child can raise a lifelong reader!

The library knows that reading 1,000 books aloud sounds like hard work. But if you read one book a night, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years. If you read three books a day, you will complete the program in a year!

Everything read to your child counts. These books can be:

  • Read multiple times
  • From the library
  • Not from the library
  • Read by an older sibling/babysitter/grandparent
  • Read at preschool
  • Read at storytime

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who have not yet entered Kindergarten. Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade are encouraged to sign up for Patch Club.

To sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, simply:

  1. Register at the Youth Department Information desk. Registration is open all year.
  2. Mark each book down on your log. Do this by crossing out the line, writing your initials, writing down the full title, etc.
  3. Collect prizes starting at the 500th level.

Need help finding new books? Ask any staff member at the Youth Department Information desk. You can also check out staff reading recommendations.