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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Promoting early literacy and a love of reading from birth. 

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.

Download our logs to keep track of the books you're reading together. Once your log is complete, visit us at the Library for a picture. If you can't make it into the Library, snap of a photo of your child reading and email it to us at ysl@solon.lib.ia.us with the number of books you've completed at home. We'll add your photo to the windows as we celebrate all the books you've read!


The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program also offers free apps. 

Numbers & Shapes App

Names & Words App

ABC Letter Writing App