1000 Books Before Kindergarten

How does the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program work?

When you participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Petoskey District Library, you will visit the library and we will sign your child up and get you started.

You can keep track of the books you read together with your child on a paper log, in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app, or on a scrap piece of paper! Library staff will be sure everything gets entered into the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten spreadsheet. Download the number of books log here or the titles of books log here.

Why should we participate?

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is meant as a way to help your child build a love of reading and books while you spend time together. It is a literacy program for pre-readers. Families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen language skills and build vocabulary–two important tools when children begin learning to read.


Once you have read 100 books, visit for a sticker. When you and your child reach 1,000 books, he or she will receive a book and a stylish Certificate of Achievement. Congratulations! You did it! You and your child shared wonderful time together getting kindergarten ready!

Who can take part?

Any child from birth until kindergarten, at any time, can sign up (with a grown up, of course).

1,000 books is a big number!

Does reading 1,000 books seem overwhelming? We believe in you and know you can do it!

If you read one book a night, that’s 365 books in a year, 730 in two years, and 1,095 in three years.


3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books

1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

The rules of reading are simple

Read the same book over, and over, and over if you want. Repetition is important for young children!

Books read by teachers, family, and at Storytime count.

Read in any language.

Enjoy the time together knowing you’re giving your child a great start!

Get connected:

The library is proud to partner with organizations around the county that help families with young children get ready for school. Follow the links below on more information about these services.

Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and Northern Antrim counties

Their family resource guide is a helpful tool.

Health Department of Northwest Michigan has many programs and resources for families. Click through to their programs and services.

Did you know about their Healthy Futures Visits?