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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

A Salt Lake County Library Services program that helps parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: Kindergarten

Research shows that

reading aloud and sharing stories with your child:

  • Provides a great opportunity for bonding
  • Creates life-long memories
  • Develops language skills
  • Encourages play and fun
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Promotes early brain development

Participation is Easy

  • Pick up your free reading record at your library
  • Read, sing or talk about a book or story with your newborn, infant or toddler
  • Track your reading
    • All stories count – enjoy a new book or re-read an old favorite
    • Prefer paperless tracking? Use goodreads or the 1,000 Books app
  • Each time you read 100 books, return to the library for a stamp and a new reading record
  • Once you've read 1,000 books, stop by the library to receive a certificate of completion

1 book x 1 night =

365 books in a year

730 books

in 2 years


books in three years

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can participate in this program?
Although designed for pre-kindergarten age children, the program is available to any child.

How much time is required?
Depending on the frequency of reading together, the program may take a few months to a few years.

How many of my children can participate?
All of them. Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Who can tell me more about this program?
Any of our Salt Lake County Library employees.

What other library programs will help my child prepare for kindergarten?
We offer a variety of storytimes, such as baby, toddler, preschool, Spanish, and music & movement.