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1000 Books Before Kindergarten



“Literacy is the most important skill that a student can have for academic success, and children should be introduced to books as early as possible.” – Forrest Lewis, Director of the North Las Vegas Library District

UDPL, in collaboration with Wissahickon Valley Public Library (WVPL) and supported by the Kiwanis Club of Ambleris pleased to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten in a national program created to teach parents about the importance of Early Childhood Literacy through an engaging reading incentive program and to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and seeks to encourage parent-child bonding through reading.The ultimate goal is to ensure that young students are at or above reading level by the time they enter Kindergarten.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQ

1. Who may participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

Any child who has not yet started Kindergarten may participate!

2. May my infant participate?

Yes! Any child, no matter how young, may participate as long as they haven’t started Kindergarten!

3. How do I register?

Register in person at Upper Dublin Public Library or either of the Wissahickon  Valley Public Library Branches. Staff members will assist you with filling out the registration packet and give you your paper reading log.

4. How do I keep track of the books I read with my child?

Track your reading with the paper logs or using the 1,000 Books App (available for iPhone and Android).

See our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Resources for more information on the apps!

5. How does my child earn prizes & recognition for reading?

Bring your log (paper or cell phone app!) to the library every time you and your child read 100 books.

Your child will receive a sticker for every 100 books read.

At 500 books, your child will receive a tote bag with Kiwanis and Library Logos.

At 1,000 books, your child will receive a book and an invitation to special party.

At each level your child’s name will move up our recognition board in the UDPL Kids Place!

Generous support for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has been provided by the Kiwanis Club of Ambler, an organization dedicated to the betterment of children, families and the greater community.