1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Due to the library being closed please submit your 1000 Books program participation using this form. For any additional questions, please email Children’s Services at jbergen@mhklibrary.org.

Quick link to online reading log/Wandoo



Join Manhattan Public Library by participating in our new reading challenge! Grow your child’s literacy skills by reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading aloud with your baby or young child will establish strong early literacy skills – the skills they will use later when they enter school and begin learning to read. An added bonus is that reading time is bonding time – it strengthens your relationship with your child and stimulates brain growth.


Getting Started

The goal is to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten. Can you do it? If you read just one book each day, that is 365 books a year. You can reread favorite books. Just keep track of how many books you read on a reading log or our online reading program, and you will see them adding up fast. If you attend library storytimes, you can count those books, too.



To register your child, visit our online reading log for 1000 Books. You can log your books online or by printing the reading log below. Stop by the library and pick up special bookmarks and optional reading lists.




In addition to the intrinsic rewards of reading together, your child can get a sticker from the librarian’s desk each time you read another 100 books. Take a photo of your child at our 1000 Books wall. After completing 500 and 1000 books, your child will get to choose a free book to keep.



This program promotes reading to children, encourages families to use the library, and supports the development of early literacy skills to give children the best chance at academic success. The program is made possible through a K-LINK Grant from USD 383 and additional funding from the Manhattan Library Association.



Call us at (785) 776-4741 ext. 400, or kidstaff@mhklibrary.org.




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