1000 Books Before Kindergarten

How to Participate Visit The Library
Frequently Asked Questions Application & Reading Log

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program which encourages families with children ages 0 to 5 to read to their children every day. The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless!

If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three! If you consider that most children start Kindergarten at around 5 years old, you have more time than you think--so get started!

How to Participate

To sign up your child for our 1000 Books program, you can do so in person or print out an application and return it to the Youth Services desk on the upper level of the library. You will need a CHPL library card to register. Upon registration, you'll receive a special bag including a reading log and early literacy information.

Anytime your child listens to a whole story, it counts. This includes library books, books from home, books read at story time, and digital books. Make sure to record every time you and your child finish a book by coloring your reading log sheet!

Each time you complete 100 books, bring your log sheet to the Youth Services desk at the library. When you finish your first 100 books, we will celebrate by creating a bookworm with your child's photo and name to add to our 1000 Books display in the Picture Book section! Every time you finish 100 books, your child will earn another sticker and get to move their bookworm up on the display.

Once your child has completed 1000 books, they will receive a certificate of completion and a free book from the library and have their photo taken and posted on the Cherry Hill Library Facebook (with your permission). Any child who has reached 1000 books in a calendar year will be invited to a celebration in their honor!

Remember: Just READ with your child and ENJOY!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?
Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten can participate.

How long will the program take?
The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?
All of them (provided they have not yet started Kindergarten)! Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Do we have to read books from the library?
No--you can read books from anywhere. Just remember to record them on your reading log.

Can I count a book more than once?
Of course! Record the book as many times as you've read it together.

Visit the Library

Regular visits to the library foster a love of reading by exposing your children to a variety of books. By participating in library programs, your child will learn that reading and books are fun. Also, librarians are experts and can help you find great books to read aloud together!

We offer an array of early-literacy programs including:

Visit our events calendar to register for even more children's programs such as evening, weekend and special needs storytimes!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten Application
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log


For more information, visit us upstairs at the Youth Services Desk or give us a call at (856) 903-1229.