1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Register your child for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and start reading today! Each time your child is read 100 books, bring the reading logs to the library to redeem for a small prize. Once your child reaches the 1,000 book goal, your child will participate in a graduation ceremony.

 There might be special meetings to keep you and your child on track towards achieving the goal. Below you can find the reading logs. You may print them yourself or pick a copy at the library. CLICK HERE to see the program brochure.


Why read 1,000 Books?

A parent is a child's first teacher and as such, parents can help children acquire  pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten.  The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.  When you register your child for the 1K Books before Kindergarten program, you will receive a binder, a reading log for the first 100 books, and tips to help you make reading with your child a great activity for both of you.

Why is it important to read to your child?

Research suggests that reading to your child is the best way to help your child get ready to read.  When you read to your child, you are helping him/her to increase vocabulary and knowledge. Children who are read to will develop early literacy skills that will help them become better readers once they begin school.  Children who start kindergarten ready to read have an advantage and will have greater success in their school years.

How does it work?

  • Sign up your child at Camarena Memorial Library.
  • Any child under five can participate in this program.
  • Use your reading logs to record 100 books at a time. Visit the library each time you complete 100 books; you will receive the next reading logs or you may print them (see below) and your child will receive a small prize.
  • When you have reached 1,000 books,  your child will participate in a completion ceremony.

Which books count?

  • Books read during Storytime, Baby Time or any other program offered at the library.
  • Books may be read more than once and recorded.
  • Books you have at home.
  • Books with CD or cassette.
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader.
  • Books read at day care or preschool.

How long does it take to reach 1,000 books?

1 book per day x 3 years = 1,095 books
10 books per week x 2 years = 1,040 books
3 books per day x 1 year = 1,095 books

Reading Logs

1-100 books

101-200 books

201-300 books

301-400 books

401-500 books

501-600 books

601-700 books

701-800 books

801-900 books

901-1000 books



  • Enjoy reading with your child and have fun! 
  • To make reading more pleasurable for both of you, read to your child when he/she is in a good mood.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes in between stories. Here are some Songs to get you started!
  • It is ok if your child wants the same book read over and over again. Whenever possible, expose your child to a variety of stories and vocabulary to give him/her an opportunity to experiment as many new words and concepts as possible.