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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Logos

Meet with us to celebrate your journey through 1,000 books with your child before Kindergarten. Free prizes every time you read 100 books.

On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, Olds Municipal Library, and Olds Parent Link Centre we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.


The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your children reach a milestone, give him/her a small reward (stickers, backpacks, books).


  • Register at the Olds Library
  • Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.


Olds Parent Link Centre 
Call for dates/times.

Olds Municipal Library 2017 Check-in Dates @ 11:00 am

January 26th, February 23rd, March 23rd, April 27th, May 25th, June 29t


Book Log: 1-100 

Book Log: 501-600 

Book Log: 101-200 

Book Log: 601-700 

Book Log: 201-300 

Book Log: 701-800 

Book Log: 301-400 

Book Log: 801-900 

Book Log: 401-500 

Book Log: 901-1000 

Download the log apps here: Apple and Android



  • Who can participate in this program?  Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. 
  • How long will the program take? The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years.  The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.
  • How many of my children can participate?  All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family!
  • Need book ideas to read to your children? Visit our Pinterest board here

Name and logo used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation