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'1000 books before kindergarten' banner pictureJoin 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to help prepare your child for reading. You can read any book to your baby, infant and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1000 books before your child enters kindergarten.

All you need to do is colour in a paw print or water droplet anytime a book is read to your child. If you read the same book 3 times in a row, colour 3 paw prints. Don’t forget to colour paw prints for every book that is read during storytime, by teachers and family members. The program is self-paced and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how often you read together.

Reading together provides an opportunity for bonding and creating lifelong memories. By reading together you are teaching your child ‘how a book works’, growing their vocabulary and instilling a love of reading.

Pick up your tracking chart at any Brampton Library location to get started! For every 250 books read, return to the library to pick up a prize!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tracking chart?

You can pick up a tracking chart at any Brampton Library location.

How do I get started?

Once you have the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tracking chart, pick a few books and start reading to your child.

Do we have to record which books we have read to our child?

No, you can record the book and titles if you wish but it is not required.

Can we record books we have read more than once?

Yes, you can read the same book multiple times. For example, if you read Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 3 times in a row, colour 3 paw prints.

Is there a required reading list?

No, you can read anything to your child in any language. If you’re looking for suggestions, go to your local Brampton Library branch and speak to a staff member.

Can we include books that have been read to our child by a teacher or librarian?

Yes, absolutely. Any book that has been read to your child.

How long will it take to read 1000 Books to my child?

It depends, it could take a few months to a few years. It will take approximately three years if you read one book a day. It will take approximately one year if you read two to three books a day.

What else can I do to help prepare my child for reading?

There are 5 things parents and caregivers can do everyday to help prepare their child for reading.

What programs can I attend at the Brampton Library to help prepare my child for reading?

You can join us for Baby Storytime (birth to 18 months) and Movers and Shakers (18 months - 3 years).These programs encourage the development of early literacy through the 5 practices of Every Child Ready to Read.

What book is being given away as the 250 Books milestone prize?

Each branch has a different selections of books to giveaway.

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