1000 Books
Before Kindergarten


Made possible, in part, by a grant from the Buell Foundation, High Plains Library District is proud to continue offering 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a multi-year reading program designed to support parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This program is ideal for parents to track reading and know that every book they read with their child is moving toward their future success. It develops a very solid foundation for children to be ready for school while at the same time, fosters a love of reading in their household.


Everything you need, including reading logs and your sticker map, can be picked up at any of our branch libraries, or you can print them below.

Register in person at your local HPLD branch or register online.

¡Regístrese en persona en su biblioteca local o regístrese aqui.

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10 Reasons
to Participate

10 Reasons
to Participate

  1. Create nurturing relationships. Parents and caregivers who spend time reading to their children create nurturing relationships, which is important for a child’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development.
  2. Reading builds vocabulary. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children from birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten. Reading to children from birth is also important for expanding background knowledge and encouraging imagination.
  3. Children need to enter school ready to read.   The best way to teach early literacy skills is by instilling a love for stories at the youngest possible age.
  4. Reading is Fun. Now is the time to share all of the fun and enjoyment that reading offers.  Share the fun experience of reading together and at the same time gain all of the pre-reading skills that come with sharing a good book.
  5. Ideas for early literacy activities.  Thanks to the grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation you will receive a packet of early literacy activity cards with your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten registration.   They feature great tips and activities that incorporate Every Child Ready to Read 5 practices; Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing to help build pre-reading skills. Use them with your child at the grocery store, in the car, or while doing chores around the home.
  6. Fun incentives.  The grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation has also provided incentives for each completed reading log.  Since each log tracks 100 books and you will complete 10 reading logs, your child will get to choose 10 different finger puppets as he/she progresses through the program.  These finger puppets are fun for your child and are also a wonderful tool that invites reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.
  7. Wall- of-Fame fame.  As your child continues through the program and reaches the midpoint as well as completion of the program, they will have the option to have their picture displayed on their branch library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten wall-of-fame.  This ongoing wall-of-fame is a proud testament of your commitment to reading and developing the skills your child needs for school success.
  8. Completion prizes.  You already know that the time spent reading with your child is the most precious reward but High Plains Library District wants to recognize the accomplishment of finishing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and shout it to the world.  When your child completes the program they will receive a free book to keep, a completion certificate, and a window decal for your car or home window.
  9. Foster the love of reading.  1000 Books Before Kindergarten is ideal for parents and caregivers to track reading and know that every book they read with their child is moving toward his or her future success.  It develops a very solid foundation for children to be ready for school while at the same time, fosters a love of reading in their household.
  10. Reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is easy to do! 1000 books sounds like a huge number, but consider this: If you read one book a day, you could finish in less than three years.  Ten books per week? Less than two years.  In as little as 15 minutes a day, your family can build skills for future school and life success.