1000 Books Before Kindergarten


“Children need to hear 1000 stories before they can begin to learn to read.  Or the same story a thousand times!”     ~Mem Fox

After reading your child’s favorite story over and over (which is a very good thing), you may want to try some other books as well.  Try some Classic Stories.


If you read one book a day, it will take approximately 3 years.
If you read 3 books a day, it will take less than 1 year.

You can do it – with help from grandparents, siblings, care givers, preschool teachers and librarians!

Listening at Storytime counts.
Listening to Storytime TV on Chelmsford Telemedia counts. This locally produced show airs every night at 7:00 on Comcast 22 or Verizon 36.

We offer 3 ways to record books.

1)  Record the title of each book.  This is the most difficult way, but you will have a wonderful keepsake.  And you will have proof that you read a favorite book hundreds of times.

Print out a log book to keep track.

Titles 1-100 | 101-200
| 201-300 | 301-400
| 401-500 | 501-600
| 601-700 | 701-800
| 801-900 | 901-1000!!!

2) Record how many books you read in a day on a calendar.

3) We have a coloring page to color a book each time a child listens to a story.

Tell us how you’re doing.  We have stickers for every 100 books, and a free book when you reach 500.