1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge


Families with young children, infants through preschool, are encouraged to register their children for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge! You can register and log your books at all WCDPL locations, with the form linked below, or online at wcdpl.readsquared.com. Every child participating in the program will receive a free picture book as a registration prize. Pam and Ken Frisch are generous sponsors of this early literacy challenge. Registration can be done throughout the year, in person at the library as well as online or with the ReadSquared App, available on Apple and Google Play. The challenge is to reach 1000 Books before Kindergarten. 

Studies have shown that reading with your child provides many opportunities to bond and develop strong attachments.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories.  Experts agree that children who learn the necessary skills early do better in school and later in life.  Participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge can help put your child on the right track.

All books count.  Library books, personal books from home, books read at storytime, at school or with a caregiver, sibling, or a grandparent . The library will recognize children with award stickers at every 100 books logged, and at 500 books, children will select a book from the library collection to have their name designated on a bookplate commemorating their achievement.  At 1000 books, young children will be designated a Royal Reader with a photo, their names added to the Golden Scroll, and they will be awarded another gift book.  Each year the library will recognize participants with an annual celebration.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge is generously supported by a gift from Pam & Ken Frisch.

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