1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing early literacy initiative intended to encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud with their young children. To participate in the program, Dwight Foster Public Library patrons will aim to share at least 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten.

One thousand books is an attainable goal. By reading three books each day or 20 books each week, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in a single year. As they engage young children with books, parents and caregivers will help establish important pre-reading skills, better preparing their children to learn to read when they enter school. The library celebrates parents’ roles as their children’s first teachers!

How the Program Works

  • Enroll your child at the Dwight Foster Public Library and receive a bookmark to record 100 books that you share together.
  • After tracking 100 books, bring your completed bookmark to the library to receive a congratulatory sticker and the next bookmark.
  • Continue reading and visiting the library. You will receive a puppet after 300 books and a tote bag after 600 books.
  • When you and your child have shared 1,000 books, you will receive a finisher’s certificate and a free book. Congratulations on reaching this impressive goal!

Special thanks to the Fort Atkinson Woman’s Club, the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library, and Modern Woodmen of America for their Financial Support!