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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program sponsored by many libraries in Wisconsin and beyond.  It highlights the importance and the delight in reading with young children by encouraging families to read 1000 books together before a child enters Kindergarten.  This might seem like a daunting goal, but reading three books a day for a year or one book a day for three years both result in more than 1000 books read.  The benefits of reading with young children to their social-emotional and language development are clear.  Libraries can provide a fun way for families to keep track of this by launching a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.  This can also be daunting–but here are some resources to help.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten App

The app was developed by the Bridges Library System and supported by several library systems in Wisconsin, but they will be sunsetting the app at the end of 2021.  You will want to consider other methods for promoting and supporting 1KB4K programs at your library.


  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack Templates are another great option for participants.  Wisconsin has a state contract with Beanstack until at least 2023.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Webinars

Other Resources