1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Experts agree: Reading aloud to young children is the best way to get them ready to read on their own. That’s why the library challenges you to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with your child/children. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten follows a nationwide early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources available to them at their public libraries. It is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to reading!

Sign up for 1000 Books today at the Hartland Public Library and receive your tote bag and book log. The librarian will put your child’s name on the “1000 Books” wall of fame near the circulation desk to keep track of your child’s reading progress.

How it works

  • Sign up and receive your tote bag. Add your child’s name to the wall of 1000 Books.
  • Log your books on the sheet provided by the library. You can mark each 100 books per sheet with a sticker, crayon, marker, or however you wish. Just make sure to keep track of your books! Come back to the library for another sheet.
  • Every 100 books, your child will receive a sticker or a prize:
    • 100 Books — Reading sticker
    • 200 Books — Reading sticker
    • 300 Books — Reading sticker
    • 400 Books — Reading sticker
    • 500 Books — Reading plushie pal
    • 600 Books — Reading sticker
    • 700 Books — Reading sticker
    • 800 Books — Free book
    • 900 Books — Reading sticker
    • 1000 Books — Certificate of completion and applause
  • Everything that you read together counts, even the same book over and over. Board books, short stories, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction count toward 1000 books. Any books your child hears during library story time or any other book reading count!
  • If you read one story a day to your child, you’ll complete 365 in one year. If you read two books per day, you’ll read 730 in a year. If you read three books per day, you’ll read 1,095 books in one year!
  • If you have questions, contact the Youth Services Librarian at 802-436-2473 or email kids@hartlandlibraryvt.org.

Join the Hartland Library

Thank you for your interest in joining the Hartland library! All are welcome! Fill out the online form and we will contact you when your card is ready. You may also come to the library to get a card