1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their children before the child starts Kindergarten. Sign up and keep track of the books with a paper log or online.
This program made possible through funding by the Heart of Indiana United Way.
Any child, from birth until he or she enters Kindergarten, can be a part of the program! No library card required.
Visit Kennedy Library or Maring-Hunt Library to sign up. Once you have signed up, you can use the printed log or can keep track of your reading by signing up online at muncie.readsquared.com.
Every time you read 100 books, visit the library for a sticker and a new log to keep tracking the books you read. You can read 1,000 different books, or read favorites multiple times.
- 3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
- 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books
Get several FREE items to encourage reading (while supplies last). Then, receive more stickers and a tote bag at different completion levels.
Printed Reading Log
Reading Buddy Stuffed Animal
What is it?
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their children before the child starts Kindergarten.
How does the program work?
Upon signing up for the program, you will receive a “reading buddy’’ stuffed animal and a book. Then you can start keeping track of your progress online at muncie.readsquared.com.
Every time you read 100 books, visit the library for a sticker. Once you have read 1,000 books, you will receive a book bag.
What ages can participate?
Any child from birth to the time he or she enters Kindergarten can participate!
How do I sign up?
Visit Kennedy Library or Maring-Hunt Library to sign up.
My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?
You log each book you read to your child. If you read the same book 10 times, just log the book ten times.
Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by a nanny or day care provider?
Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.
Do the books have to be library books?
No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.
What if a child can read before starting kindergarten? Does it count when children read books by themselves?
Reading is an important activity for adults to do with children, so if your child reads to you, that counts too!
My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?
As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts!