1000 Stories Before Kindergarten

1000 Stories Before Kindergarten

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Help your child learn the early literacy skills needed for success in school! 1000 Stories Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program for parents with young children. Parents can track their child’s reading progress throughout the first years of life, and children receive stickers and prizes as they advance. Every story you read with your child moves you one step closer to your goal of 1,000 stories!

Reading regularly with young children supports brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships. Your child builds language, literacy and social skills when you read aloud. Children who enter kindergarten with essential pre-reading skills have an advantage. They start school ready to learn to read and have greater success throughout their school years.

How It Works

How does 1000 Stories Before Kindergarten work? This program is easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register. Register your child online. Any child from birth until the start of kindergarten can participate in the program. When you sign up, you’ll receive a package in the mail* with welcome information, a halfway incentive prize and reading progress stickers.
  2. Log Your Reading. Download the Reading Log sheets from the links below to print at home. Each time you read a story with your child, check off a box on the appropriate reading log sheet. If your child wants to hear the same story more than once, check off one box for each time you read that story. You can log stories read at home, stories read to children during preschool or daycare hours, and even stories read at a library storytime.
  3. Track Your Success! Download the Reading Tracker sheet from the links below and use it to celebrate your milestones as you progress to 1,000 stories. For every 50 stories you read with your child, place a sticker on the appropriate circle on the Reading Tracker. When you reach 500 stories, you can reward your child with the halfway prize. Read 1,000 stories and your child will receive a special completion prize! Claim your completion prize here.

*Package mailout applies to customers with mailing addresses in our service area only.


  • Reading Log Sheets Use these to count the stories you read. Check off one box every time you complete a story. (Ten sheets in all.)
  • Reading Tracker Sheet Track your reading success with this sheet! Every time you complete 50 stories, place a sticker on the appropriate circle on tracker. (One sheet)

1000 Stories Before Kindergarten Newsletter

Subscribe to FVRL’s 1000 Stories e-newsletter! Each month you’ll receive early literacy information, reading tips, book lists and fun activities that parents and children can enjoy together.

  • 1000 Stories participants can subscribe when they register online for the 1000 Stories program. (Check the “subscribe” box at the bottom of the form.)
  • To receive the newsletter without program registration, subscribe here.
  • View past issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this program for?
1,000 stories is a lot. Can we really do it?
Why 1,000 stories?
How long will the program take to complete?
Can I count stories I read to my child before I registered?
Is there a list of books that we are supposed to read?
My child likes to hear the same story over and over again. How do I count that?
Can I count books that are read to my child at storytime, daycare, or by other family members?
Do the stories have to be library books?
My child likes to listen to stories on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?
My child doesn't always listen to the whole story. Can I still count it?
My child likes to move. He or she won't sit still for a book.
My child and I enrolled in 1000 Stories program at our library, and we are partway through the program. Do we need to register online?

Customer Survey

Are you participating in the 1000 Stories Before Kindergarten program? Then we want to hear from you! We created 1000 Stories to help your child learn the early literacy skills needed for success in school. We're always working to improve the program, and you can help. Tell us about your experience!


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