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1000 Books B4 Kindergarten

What is the 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten program?

1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten (1,000B4K) is a program that encourages families to read at least 1,000 books with their child before they enter kindergarten. This free program is an initiative launched by the Georgia Public Library Service in support of early literacy.

Why should my child participate?

It will help them enter school ready to learn! Research confirms that exposing children to books before they begin kindergarten helps in the development of language and literacy skills. These skills will help them be more successful in the classroom. It is also a great way to spend quality time with your child. And it’s fun!

Who can participate?

Our 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten program is for young children who have not yet entered kindergarten. It is for any child aged birth-kindergarten. Children do not have to live in Cobb County to participate.

How does it work?

Visit any Cobb County Public Library to register your child for this free program. Keep track of your child’s progress using our print logs.

Each time your child finishes 100 books, visit a library branch to pick up a special badge to celebrate the milestone. We will congratulate them with a different animal badge at each 100 book milestone. Attach your child’s badge to their book bag, diaper bag, or even their stroller to show off their reading progress!

Reading 1,000 books before kindergarten is a reachable goal. If you read just one book a day with your child, they will have read 1,095 books in three years. By reading just three books a day you will have read over 1,000 books in one year with your child. Books read at library storytime count! And so do favorites that are read over and over!

Is there a special ceremony for children who complete the 1,000 book challenge?

Yes! Graduation Ceremonies happen 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October. Libraries that hold the ceremonies are Mountain View Regional Library, South Cobb Regional Library, Switzer Library, and West Cobb Regional Library.

Your child will be honored with a certificate and will have a photo op with our library mascot Dewey! Bring the whole family!

1000 B4K West Cobb Graduation Ceremony
See pictures from the West Cobb Regional Library ceremony!

Congratulations to the little ones who celebrated an amazing reading milestone - they've all read 1,000 books before kindergarten! They were honored with a graduation ceremony at West Cobb Regional Library. Look for more graduations in the future!

Why Cobb County?

There are more than 50,000 children under age 5 in Cobb County. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends reading and engaging in conversations regularly with young children to encourage brain development and strengthen parent-child relationships to build language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.