Skip to main content
Utica Public Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get ready to start school!

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 precious one starts kindergarten. Any child ages 0-5 years can participate. Just follow these steps:

  1. Get Started: Pick up a reading log at the library or download the app on your smartphone. Tracking forms can also be printed from this page.
  2. Track Your Reading: Fill in the reading log with the books that have been read. 
  3. Every Book Counts: New book, same book, or story time book, it all counts. 
  4. 100-Book Milestones: You completed the log! Great! Grab another and keep going! Come into the library to move your child up the chart after each 100 books.  
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Come to the library and receive a prize. 
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together. There’s more learning ahead!

If you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions — we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Happy Reading!

Printable Forms

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 - 1,000 Books!