1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Royal Oak Public Library is proud to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This nationwide initiative encourages reading to newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers to foster a love of books and prepare them for school.

How does it work?
Visit the library to receive a reading log, or download the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app. Every time you and your child read a book together, check off the log or record it on the app. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same book multiple times. All that matters is that you’re reading! When you reach a hundreds place milestone (100 books, 200 books, etc.), visit the library for a sticker and add a leaf on the reading tree in the Youth Room. When you reach the 1,000 books mark, your child will receive a bag full of books and will be acknowledged at our seasonal 1,000 Books party.

Who can participate?
All children from birth through the time he or she enters kindergarten. Families are encouraged to participate together, so feel free to sign up multiple children.

How long will it take?
The program is self-paced, so it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years! It’s really up to you and depends on how often you read together.

How do you begin?
Sign-up to get a reading log or learn more about the program.