Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We invite you to participate in our free reading initiative to read 1000 books before your child starts kindergarten. The concept is simple, but the rewards are priceless.

  • Read a book (any book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler).
  • The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books!) before your child starts kindergarten.
  • Does it sound hard? If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year; that is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.
  • If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think - so get started!

How to Get Started

  1. Register your child at Caldwell Public Library.
  2. Start logging your books either on the paper log or on the app.
  3. Bring your log to Caldwell Public Library at each milestone - every 100 books. We will celebrate your child’s success with a sticker indicating the number of books read.
  4. When completing 1,000 books, your child will be honored with a book plate, indicating his/her name and accomplishment, which will be placed in a new book that will be added to our collection.
  5. Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead! Just remember to have fun!

Reap the Rewards

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge - all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

Story Times at Caldwell Public Library

Books we read during story time count too! Check the Kids Programs page for information on story times.

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