1000 Books Before Kindergarten

You can do it!

How this program works

Did you know that children who are read to are better prepared for school and continue to succeed throughout their academic career? It’s never too early to share the pleasure of reading!

Read any book to a newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 1,095 books in three years. Follow the simple steps below to get started today!

If you have a child at home who can already read, they can join in the fun! Click on Super Sibling below.

Follow These Steps

Sign up your child anytime using this form.

Pick up a reading log for you and your child from your nearest library or print one out here. 

Start reading!  Remember to come in for your special prizes (see the FAQ below for more details).


Do you have an older child who can read?

Older children often enjoy reading aloud to their younger siblings. This is a great way for older siblings to practice their reading skills, and help the younger child reach their 1000 book goal.

Children who read at least 50 books aloud to sibling(s) enrolled in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten can receive a special Super Sibling certificate, a Super Sibling button, and a library book bag.

To Participate

Register the Super Sibling (make sure the child participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is also registered).

Visit the library to receive a Super Sibling Packet and Reading Log,
or print one out online.

Start reading books and marking them on the reading log. Once the reader has reached 50 books, they can present their reading log to a librarian and claim their prizes!


Tell me more about the prizes!

After certain goals are reached your child can come in to the library and claim a prize.

  • Every 100 Books = a sticker, a bookmark, and a certificate
  • 500 Books = a special library book bag
  • 1,000 Books = a book of their own, and their picture on the wall

I need to print my next reading log. 

All of our reading logs are available to download here.

Can I count the same book more than once?

Absolutely! Re-reading favorite books lets the child practice their predictive skills and gain confidence.

Should I register at each branch I use?  

No, you only need to register one time for this Porter County Public Library System program.

I am visiting Porter County and do not have a library card. May I still participate? 

Absolutely! You do not need a library card or to be a resident to participate in library programs.

Have more questions?

Let the PCPLS staff know!