Ready Set Go to Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, October 22, 2020

You are your child's first teacher! Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success and reading with your child is a great way to bond. RSG challenges you to participate in our free reading challenge: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before they start kindergarten. And when your child reaches a milestone come visit any branch of the Elyria Public Library for a prize!

How to Participate:

  • Read to your child. Research shows this is a great way to bond with your child and build life-long memories.
  • Keep track of the books you have read. You can use one of our tracking sheets (link), the Beanstack program (either online or through the app), or simply write the titles down in a spiral notebook. The records will become a special keepsake as you watch your child's interests grow.
  • Any book counts including those read at daycare or preschool or by family members and friends!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who can participate?
    • Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten. Didn't start when your child was a newborn? That's ok - it's NEVER too late to start reading with your child.
  • Can books be repeated?
    • Of course! Children love rereading books - and it's a great way to learn!
  • What are the milestones that earn prizes?
    • Come visit any branch of the Elyria Public Library with your reading log for your child to earn a prize at the following milestones: 100, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 books read.
  • How long will the challenge take?
    • This is a self-paced program. It may take a few months, it may take a few years, it may take until the day that your child enters kindergarten. It depends on how often you read together. The key is to keep reading and enjoying books together.
  • How many children can participate?
    • Any child who has not yet started kindergarten. Read as a family - and yes, you can count a book for multiple children.
  • I don't have a library card. How can I access books for my child?
    • To sign up for an e-card, visit and click on "No Card, No Problem" and sign up using your cellphone number.

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