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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Take the Challenge! Read with your child!

Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you. Keep track of the books you’ve read. (In a notebook, on our reading log sheets, online, or however you choose!)

Then stop by the library for a photo-op, a milestone sticker, and a high-five!

Thank you to our community partners for their support of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

  • Early Head Start: Lakeland, Mountain States, Silver Valley
  • Idaho Commission for Libraries
  • Opening Books, Opening Doors
  • Panhandle Health District: Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, WIC
  • School Districts: Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland, Post Falls
  • United Way of North Idaho
Big thanks to our sponsors for making this project possible!
  • Friends of the Community Library Network
  • Friends of the Post Falls Library
  • Idaho Community Foundation, Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund

Keep It Fun!


We would love to hear your favorite ideas!

Please take our survey and share your success!

Track your reading!

For every 100 books: Come to the library for a photo and sticker.

Demco baby lion

500 books: Receive a free book
of your choice,
another photo
and sticker.

Demco baby monkey

1,000 books: Receive a reading buddy and certificate.

Demco baby panda

Growth chart representing vocabulary and how a child's comprehension is affected by the number of minutes read to them each year before kindergarten.

Children’s vocabulary in the early grades is directly related to reading comprehension in the upper grades. Children who spend time talking, singing, playing, and reading, will start school with a larger vocabulary putting them statistically ahead of those who do not engage in these activities. 

Come to the 1,000 Books Celebration Party held in the spring!

Demco baby turtle

Demco baby elephant

Demco baby fishy

Demco baby bird

Demco baby croca-gator

Demco baby skunk

Demco baby kangaroo

Demco baby beaver

Demco baby fox

Demco baby octopus

Demco baby snake

Demco baby bear

Demco baby iguana