1000 Books Before School is for children from birth to age 5 – it's never too early to start reading to your child.
The literacy skills they develop from being read to will help prepare them for school and nurture a love of books, language and reading.
What counts towards 1,000 books?
You can read a thousand different books, or read one book a thousand times! Books read at storytime sessions, preschool, daycare and playgroup also count towards your child's total.
Collect rewards from the library as you progress through the program, as well as a certificate upon completion. The program is complete when your child reaches 1,000 books. This needs to be by the end of term 1 in their first year of school (prep or foundation).
How to register
You can register with library staff at any Kingston Libraries' branch, online on our website (see below for online registration form) or via Beanstack. Beanstack is also available as an app for your smartphone or tablet that you can use to track your reading electronically. Learn more about Beanstack in the FAQs.
Once you have registered, you can collect your free registration pack from any of our branches. The registration pack includes a tote bag, plus reading records and a sample sheet of stickers for if you are not using Beanstack.
For more information about the '1000 Books Before School' program, please check out the FAQs.