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Read 1000 Books before Kindergarten

The Hudson Public Library has a wonderful program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.


This is a fun and exciting reading program is for children ages 0-5 years. This program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy as well as encouraging parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a pre-literacy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1000 books to their preschooler, birth to age 5, before they enter school. Families can sign up at the library. Each child will be given a folder with pages to record the books they read and information about early literacy. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, children are encouraged to bring their folder to the library to receive a stamp and a prize celebrating their accomplishment. Children are not required to read certain books; they can read any book they would like.

The goal of this project is to help kids enter school ready to learn. Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success when they begin school. It also provides an opportunity to increase their exposure to a wide variety of books, and to promote use of the library – a treasure trove of free material available to our community members.

If this sounds like a daunting task that you and your child are not ready for please don’t be scared off. Any and every book counts whether it is the first time the child has heard it or the 100th time he or she has heard it. Books can also be on audio or read at daycare, story-time or preschool. If your child has three books read to him or her a day, they will reach 1000 in under a year.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.