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1000 Books
Before Kindergarten

1000 Books
Before Kindergarten

Made possible, in part, by a grant from the Littler Youth Fund, High Plains Library District is joining libraries across the country that follow the national initiative offered by 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 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.


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

Brown fox reading

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Red fox reading.




Activity Card – Read

Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. These activity cards are a great resource for tips and ideas for reading activities to do with your child.

Activity Card – Write

Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. Use these activity cards for tips and simple writing activities that you can do with your child anywhere anytime.

Activity Card – Sing

Singing – which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print. Use these activity cards for new ideas for fun new singing activities to do with your child.

Activity Card – Talk

Talking helps develop children’s oral language skills, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn new words and concepts during conversations. Use these activity cards for talking activities and tips to help your child develop important literacy skills through talking.

Activity Card – Play

Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Check out these early literacy cards for tips and fun activities that you can do with your child.

Activity Card – Hear

Use these book suggestions to read the classic favorites. They are rich with new vocabulary and language skills.

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.