Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in this program?
Any child is eligible to participate until they enter kindergarten. Yes, even babies!
How long will it take to finish?
It is self-paced so it can take a few months to a couple of years to complete – whatever works best with your schedule.
How many of my children can participate?
Any child who has not started kindergarten can participate. You can even have fun and read together as a family!
Can I complete this program more than once?
Sure! The benefits of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten change and grow depending on the age of your child. You are welcome to complete it more than once, but we ask that you not do it more than once a year so we can continue to give out prizes.
Is there an ideal age?
It is up to you! The benefits of this program change and grow depending on the age of your child. Young babies and toddlers love being read to and will develop a love for reading through the daily routine. Preschool children will be motivated by seeing how many books they have read and will understand that reading 1,000 books is a big deal! They also get more excited about the prizes than babies and toddlers. Some parents enjoy keeping track of reading through our workbook while others would prefer to wait until a child is older and can engage more in the process.
Can I count the books I reread to my child?
Yes! We know that children find comfort in hearing the same story again and again, so please feel free to count the books you read multiple times to your child!
Do I have to read a physical book to my child, or do audiobooks and eBooks also count?
Every and any book counts in this program! Audiobooks, eBooks, books in different languages, or books that someone else reads to your child all count towards your 1,000 book goal!
Can I count the books I read to my child that are in a language other than English?
Yes, every book counts, including those that are not in English! Reading books in the child’s native language will build strong pre-literacy skills.