The Flint is excited to invite families to join our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! Research shows that sharing books with children builds vocabulary, increases reading readiness, and encourages empathy and bonding. Our goal is to help you to achieve these benefits through a new reading challenge.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to share 1000 books with their children before the first day of kindergarten. It may sound daunting, but consider this: if you read just 1 book with your child each day, you can complete 365 books in a year. That’s 730 books in two years and 1095 books in three years. Let’s start your reading journey today!

How does it work?

  • Children ages 0 to 5 are invited to participate.
  • Sign up at the Children’s Desk and pick up a bookmark to get started.
  • Share any book with your child and record it. Each bookmark allows you to record 100 books. After each 100 book milestone, visit the library to pick up your next bookmark and add a sticker to your child’s Ready Reader Badge.
  • Books read during Toddler Time & Story Hour contribute to your book count, so frequent visits to library will help to achieve your goal.
  • Complete the challenge at your own pace, whether it takes months or years. The only deadline is your child’s first day of kindergarten. It’s never too late to begin a new adventure, so even if your child starts kindergarten soon, jump in and see how far you can go!
  • Families will receive prizes after reading 300, 600, 900, & 1000 books. Prizes include books, crayons, & items that encourage play & learning.
  • Click here for a list of suggested books to read with your young child, or visit the children’s room to browse our collection!

Children’s librarian Jessica Furtado is excited to bring this early literacy initiative to the Flint! If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact her at jfurtado@flintpublib.org, by calling the library at 978-774-8132, or by visiting the children’s room.