1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten book covers

We want to help you read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with your child. The program helps you keep track of the numbers and titles of the books you've read. We have a wide array of picture and board books for you to read with your child and we will be sharing these titles weekly so that at the end of 1 year you can actually have read 1,000 books together. If you are interested, ask the librarians at your library about the program and they will be happy to share all the information they have. In the meantime, put these books on hold so you can get started right away!

Compiled by:
Amy Caswell
Adventures With Barefoot Critters

Teagan White
EJ 411 Whi

Join an adorable cast of animal characters as they explore the alphabet through the seasons.


The Box Turtle

Vanessa Roeder
EJ Roe

Terrance the turtle is missing his shell. Will he find a replacement that is just right? With its adorable, plucky turtle, this irresistible story is all about finding the confidence to embrace what makes you unique!


Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina
J 398.2 Caps For Slo

Those sneaky little monkeys are taking off with the salesman's hats! Whatever will he do?

Cats are a Liquid

Rebecca Donnelly
Ej Don

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text pay tribute to cats and their resemblance to a liquid. Includes facts about states of matter and directions for making oobleck.

Cool Cuts

Mechal Renee Roe
EJ Roe

A celebration of hairstyles and self-esteem that will have kids chiming in on the chours: "I am born to be awesome!" 

I Am A Wolf

Kelly Leigh Miller
EJ Mil

A dog who insists she is a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality.


I Spy Under the Sea

Edward Gibbs
EJ 591.77 Gib

There are many colorful creatures to find under the sea. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess the creature, then turn the page to count the animals. Watch as toddlers quickly become engaged in the game and learn to recognize and count sea creatures.

Make Way For Ducklings

Robert McCloskey
EJ Mcc

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.


No More Naps!

Chris Grabenstein
EJ Gra

Annalise McFleece refuses to take a nap until she notices that everyone else around her has something she doesn’t. The nap-time struggle is real!



Oge Mora
EJ Mor

When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

A Seed is the Start

Melissa Stewart
J 581.467 Ste

Beautiful photos show the plant cycle that all starts with a little seed. 

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf
EJ Lea

Ferdinand isn't like the other bulls—he would rather sit and smell the flowers. What will he do when he is picked to be in a bullfight? Also available in Spanish. 

Who Will You Be?

Andrea Pippins
EJ Pip

A mother imagines all the wonderful qualities her child will learn from other family members. 

Who? A Celebration of Babies

Robie Harris
Baby Book

Babies and the people (and pets) they love!