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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Reading together helps children develop a love of reading, introduces them to new vocabulary and teaches them important early literacy skills that will help them when they enter school.

How it works:

  • Children under the age of 5 who reside in New London can register at the Public Library of New London for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
  • When children sign up they will receive a reading log.
  • Every time a book is read to your child they are to color a vehicle in their reading log.
  • After reading 10 books your child will come to the library for a prize.
  • Children will receive a prize after reading 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and other increments.
  • Once they reach 1,000 books they will receive a certificate, t-shirt and their name in a library book!



Who can participate?
Any New London child, from birth until he or she enters kindergarten, can participate in the program.

How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
The program ends once the child has read 1,000 books or enters kindergarten. This program is self-paced.

What should I read to my child? Does it count if we reread a book?
You can read and reread any book to your child. If you’re looking for suggestions as a librarian or look at our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Suggestion List.

Can I count a book read at the library, daycare or preschool?
Absolutely! All stories read to your child (whether by a parent, grandparent, friend, sibling, teacher or librarian) count. 

Are you interesting in signing your child up? Stop by the library to get started!

Need book suggestions? Check out the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Recommendation List!!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Recommendation List

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