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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read 1,000 Books! 

Welcome to Charleston County Public Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We know that the more often young children hear books read to them, the more prepared they are to begin reading on their own when they start kindergarten.

You are your child's first and best teacher, and when you talk, sing, read, write, and play together at home, you are building your child's vocabulary and language skills, and preparing him or her to begin reading independently. 


How does 1,000 Books before Kindergarten work?

·   Register Online HereYou can register your child for the 1,000 Books program online or in your local CCPL branch anytime between birth and kindergarten.

·   Track Your Reading: Log every book you read with your child here or on a paper log picked up from your local CCPL branch.

·   Pick up Your Prizes: Come into the library every time you and your child have read 100 books to receive a sticker to take home and a sticker to add to our mural. You'll receive a notification from READSquared when you have a prize waiting to be picked up.

·   Hit 1,000 Books and Keep on Reading: When you and your child reach 1,000 books, your child will earn a certificate of completion and a place on our Readers Wall of Fame. This is a great accomplishment, but don't stop! Keep reading with your child daily for even more benefits.

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Most Popular Books
Goodnight Moon
by: Margaret Wise Brown
ISBN: 9781643101040

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by: Eric Carle
ISBN: 9780241119082

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See
ISBN: 9781250107749

The Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
by: AA Milne

The Jesus Storybook Bible
by: Sally Lloyd-Jones,Jago
ISBN: 9780310877028

How can we read 1,000 Books?

It's easier than you think!

Put reading first! Spend 20 minutes a day reading to your child. Make it fun and exciting, and spend rewarding time together.

If you read just 1 book a day, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in just three years!

Need more information?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!


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