1,000 Books before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten icon with some quirky animal friends peeking out through the zeroes in the 1000 number.

You can help your child become a great reader starting from birth! Research shows that sharing books, conversations, and songs with young children builds their language skills, contributes to their healthy development, gives them the skills they need to succeed in school, and helps them learn to love reading.

San José Public Library challenges you to share 1,000 books with your child before starting kindergarten. Reading 1,000 books is easier than you think! 3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books or 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books.

How to Play – Paper

Kindergarten School Supply Kit

  1. Register: Pick up a reading log at your nearest San José Public Library location.
  2. Track Your Reading: Each time you share a book, write down the title in your log.
  3. Show us Your Progress: Each time you read 100 books, take your log to any San José Public Library location to get a progress sticker.
  4. Keep Reading! When you reach 1,000 books, you’ll receive a Kindergarten School Supply Kit and the option to add your child’s name to our 1,000 Books Wall of Fame.

How to Play – Online

  1. Register: Sign up for a Beanstack account and register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program.
  2. Track Your Reading: Each time you share a book, track the title in your online log.
  3. Your Progress: Each time you read 100 books, you will automatically receive a progress badge. The more you read, the more badges you will receive!
  4. Keep Reading! When you reach 1,000 books, you’ll receive a Kindergarten School Supply Kit and the option to add your child’s name to our 1,000 Books Wall of Fame.

Ways to share a book

1,000 Books Wall of Fame