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mother reading to toddler and baby with quote: "The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless." from www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org website

Read books

to your


infant, or toddler,

and participate in

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program 

Reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills.

This is because reading to your children in the earliest months stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and helps build key language, literacy and social skills. - all4kids.org

Parent Reading to Child

Program in a Nutshell 





1. Sign up for the free program by visiting the Spanish Fort Public Library or SIGN UP HERE.* 

*If you sign up online be sure to visit SFPL to pick up your child's starter kit. 

2. When you enroll your child in the 1,000 Books program, you will receive a starter kit that contains the first reading log*.

*For every book read, color the circle on your chart. 

3. When you have read 100 books to your child bring the completed reading log to SFPL to pick up your next 100 reading log. 

4. In addition to the paper reading logs, consider tracking the books read through ReadTracker APP (best for Android) or 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten APP (best for iPhone). 

5. When your child reaches 1,000 books, they will receive a Certificate of Achievement and their choice of medal or a Super Reader cape!

6. Finished all the steps? Congratulations! You did it. You gave your child a priceless gift--- the readiness to read! 


Photo of a child with a "I read 1000 books" certificate and a medal on a ribbon around their neck in a frame with the 1000 Books logo and the Spanish Fort Public Library logo



confused parent


  • Pick out books at home or at the library and start reading to your child.
  • Keep track of book titles read or that a care-giver or family member might read to your child.
  • Read the same book over and over again and that book counts each time. 
  • Read in any language.
  • Storytime counts, too! View the SFPL calendar for storytime schedule. 
  • Listen to an kids audiobook or read a kid friendly ebook in AXIS 360 or Camellia Net, that counts! 



  • For iPhone, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten free APP. (find in APP store for iPhone) 
  • For Android, ReadTracker, free APP (works better for Android/find in Google Play store for Android) 
  • Your book logs (bring completed logs to SFPL)
  • Old-fashioned notebook list. 
Get the 1000 Books app for iOS iPhone








get the ReadTracker app for Android

Help your child unlock the power and wonder of books! 

Kid reading in a hammock