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The concept is simple. The rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your little one starts Kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it!

If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in three years.

How to participate:

  • Stop by the library and get your registration bag and reading log for the first 100 books.

  • Return your completed log for a sticker and your next log.


  • Every 100 books- receive a sticker

  • 1000 Books- tshirt showing off your child's accomplishment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who can participate in this program?

    • Any child from birth until he/she enters Kindergarten​

  • How long will this program take?​

    • This can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. It is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together​.​

For questions on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, please call the library at 618-254-4832.

Be sure to tag us on social media: @woodriverlibrary 

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