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How It Works

Read any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. Storytimes, reading the same book multiple times, being read to, or even the child reading themselves all count! Online, record the title of the book read using the link above. You can pick up a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten progress tracker at the library. Stop by the library with the tracker to receive a sticker for every 100 books read! 


Take the Challenge!

Learning to read is an early indicator of academic success. Even before school begins, kids get critical literacy skills from parents and caregivers. Reading, discussing books, and singing out loud contribute to a child's language development skills. 

Reading 1,000 books is easier than you think and you may already be on your way!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books -or- 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books.



Online Sign Up 

  1. Click on the banner at the top of this page to go to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page.
  2. Click on “Register” in the upper right corner. Choose “Myself” for individual registration or “Myself and Children” for family registration, and answer the questions.
  3. For Family Registration, create the Adult account first, then answer the questions to add each child. After each child has been added, click on “Done Adding Children.”
  4. If you already have an account (from signing up for the Summer Reading Challenge), after you log in, you will be asked to choose a program from a drop down menu. Select "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" to be enrolled.

Logging Your Reading

  1. Click on the banner at the top of this page to go to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page.
  2. Click the "log in" button in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Enter your username and password and click "login".
  4. Under “Log Activity”, choose “Enter Activity” and fill out the form. Click Submit.
  5. For Family Accounts, select the name of the child from the drop down menu under “Family Accounts.” Repeat step 3 for logging reading.

If you need assistance please visit or call the Youth Services Desk at 760-839-5456 and we will be happy to help!

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