1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! 

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brainpower? 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.

The Grand Forks Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Now with Badge Books to track reading and add to the fun. Any child ages birth to five years can participate, and even if you’re already in the program, you can finish it out in a Badge Book! Just follow these steps:

  1. 1000 BooksPick Up Materials: Stop by the Children's Department to sign up for the program and get your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Badge Book.
  2. Track Your Reading: Track your reading online through Beanstack or in your Badge Book. Your child gets stickers (included in the Badge Book) for each 10 books read.
  3. Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime (in-person or virtual), in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
  4. 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, contact the Children’s Department to have your child’s name moved along our 1,000-Book banners.
  5. 1,000 Books: You did it! Contact the Children’s Department to have your child’s name placed on the 1,000-Book Wall of Fame and receive your completion medal.
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000. Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Learn about upcoming Storytimes and other programs on our calendar. Visit our online catalog to find great books to pick up and share with your child. One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than three years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Happy Reading!