1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


What is 1000 Books before Kindergarten?
It is a free program that encourages parents to read 1000 books with their child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.  One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation – a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

How does it work?
Stop by the Verona Public Library anytime to sign up for the program, you will receive a keepsake reading journal to take home and record the books you read to your child. If you read a book more than once (or over & over), you can record it each time. Books read at library story time, at daycare or by others to your child also count! Each time you finish 100 books, bring your reading log to the library and your child will receive a small prize. After finishing 1000 books, your child will receive a free book and special recognition on our Wall of Fame, and get an awesome jumpstart on success in school.

Who can participate?
All families with children who have not yet started five-year-old kindergarten can join the program – even newborns! We welcome all area families. You do not need to live in Verona to participate.


This club has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed -- just enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way.  The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, free programs and great suggestions for what to read. Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff – we are here to help. Happy reading!


Donate to 1000 Books before Kindergarten

We are currently fundraising to support this important new early literacy program. The Friends of the Verona Library and the Kiwanis of Verona have kicked off our fundraising effort with generous donations but we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000.

Research shows that the more children ages 0-5 hear and view books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon reaching kindergarten.  Exposing children to 1,000 books before kindergarten not only builds reading readiness, but it provides 1,000 interactions to build supportive relationships with parents and caregivers.  Our goal is to have 1,000 Verona-area children complete the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program, which would make one million books read!

Your donation will be used to fund:
Books & prizes to giveaway
Printing of the keepsake reading journals


Through this program, we are also reaching out to families in our community who may not be regular library users. Librarians will be visiting area community centers and promoting the program at the Verona Food Pantry.


We hope you’ll consider being a part of this new opportunity to connect our youngest in the community with books, thereby giving all our children the best possible start for learning to read by kIndergarten.  Please support early literacy in our community by donating to 1000 Books before Kindergarten