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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Resource Page

Have you heard about this program and just don't know how to implement it? Here are some resources to help you get started. Never heard of this program before? That's alright, all of these resources will help educate you and prepare you for the excitement that is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

  • What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? The Colorado State Library explains it all here.


  • The book that started it all: Mem Fox's Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. You can pick up a copy here.

  • This map tracks and shows all of the areas that are doing the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

  • Library Bonanza gives you Q and A's of how they started their program at the Fremont Public Library. It gives you lots of resources to start your own and cites Tiny Tips for Library Fun as a huge help and resource.

  • Tiny Tips for Library Fun is a blog by Marge Loch-Wouter that explains how her library, La Crosse Public Library, managed after their second anniversary.

  • Marge Loch-Wouter created a webinar to help explain how other libraries can create their own 1KB4K Program.


  • Maybe your patrons are a little more advanced and have already hit that number, but you still want to find a way to incorporate these ideas.
  • Try this 100 Books Before 1 Program.

    Try switching up the details about the 1,000 Books, make it 1,000 Nonfiction Books before Kindergarten, or make it 1,000 Books before Preschool.

    The possibilities are endless.


  • Do you need even more ideas? Go to SWON's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Pinterest Board.
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