1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Help your child become a lifelong reader and be ready for kindergarten by participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program at the Barberton Public Library. 

The goal is to read 1,000 books to your child (yes you can repeat books) before he or she starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard?  Not really if you think about it. 

If you read just one book each night, you will have read 365 books in one year. In two years, you will have read 730 books. In three years, you will have read 1,095! 


1. Sign up for the program in the Children’s Department or online. When you sign up in person, you will receive a folder to keep track of your reading, a numbered reading sheet, and a Friends of the Barberton Public Library book bag.  Reading sheets are available below as well.
2. Read together with your child.
3. Write the titles on your numbered reading sheet. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read to your child at storytime, daycare, or by others also count!
4. When you finish your first 100 books, bring your sheet to the Library and:
         *Receive a sticker for your completed reading sheet
         *Place a sticker on the appropriate colored display bird
         *Collect your next numbered reading sheet

5. Repeat steps 2-4 and receive a different sticker and numbered reading sheet at each level.
6. We have special awards along the way for your child.Birds and Books

  • Sign-up:  Reading Folder and Friends of the Library Reading Bag
  • 300 books:  Three Little Pigs Flannel Board Characters
  • 400 books: Nursery Rhyme Key Ring
  • 500 books:  Book
  • 600 books: Rubber Duck
  • 800 books:  Plush Animal Finger Puppet
  • 1000 books:  Book and Certificate

Friends Logo 

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Barberton Public Library.