1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


We are pleased to bring you the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge! This early literacy initiative has one simple goal; read 1,000 books with your children before they enter kindergarten.

How does the program work?
First, register your child. You can do this by signing up at the Children’s Desk at the library or by clicking here. Each registrant can pick up a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Pack which includes an overview, book list and book tracking sheet. You may also track books using the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app (available for iOS and Android) or find reading logs for every 100 books here: https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/resources/

Select books for your child and read together! All books read count, even ones we share at Library Story Times!

This is a program based on the honor code! Your child may come pick up a prize at the following milestones.

  • 100 books – sticker
  • 250 books – bookmark
  • 500 books – pencil
  • 750 books – FREE BOOK!
  • 1000 books – certificate, a button, a ribbon, and your name on the wall!

PALSPlus will be hosting a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration in September 2024!  More details coming in May!

If you have questions, or for more information, call Children’s Services at 973-728-2823 or email Miss Pam – zacher@wmtl.org

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