1000 Books before Kindergarten has arrived!

1000 Books mural logo

1000 Books before Kindergarten has started at Fremont Public Library for ages birth-pre-kindergarten. For Fremont cardholders only, this reading program is an excellent way to build a love for stories and create a foundation for reading and school success. Before starting to read, children need exposure to rich language, background knowledge, a base of expectations regarding the format of stories, and a need to associate reading with enjoyment.

How is reading helpful?

  • Reading fosters curiosity and provides answers to wide-ranging questions.
  • A baby is born ready to learn. Establish positive learning pathways in their brains through reading, singing, and talking.
  • Children associate reading books with special parent talking and cuddling time.
  • If you’re not a natural storyteller, books are full of complex language and provide a great place to start a conversation

1000 books equals:

  • One bedtime story every night for three years.  (And what child lets you stop with just one book at bedtime?)
  • Ten books a week for two years.  
  • Twenty books a week for one year (that's just 3 books a day).


How the Challenge Works:

Each time you read a book with your child, color one train car in your reading log. Remember, if you read the same book over and over again, it counts each time. Stories read to your child at daycare or preschool, at the Library’s Storytimes, or at grandma’s house count, too! Every time you read 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to add a sticker to the train mural at the Youth Services desk. When you reach a milestone, bring your reading log to the Library to collect your prize! Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own and a Super Reader cape.

For more information, or to sign up your child, ask at the Youth Services desk.