1000 Books Before 6

Picture of Mother reading to babyExperts tell us that children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves.
~ Mem Fox, Reading Magic

How the program works:

  1. Register at any Santa Clara County Library District location. You will receive a reading log.
  2. Color a circle on the log for every book you read.
  3. Each time you read 50 books, bring your log into the library and collect  a sticker.
  4. When you reach 100 books and 500 books you’ll receive a prize.
  5. When you reach 1,000 books your child will receive a certificate and a free book!


  • If you read three books a day to your child, in just one year you’ll have read 1,095 books!
    And you have several years to complete the program.
  • Help! I don’t know which books to read!
    The children’s librarian will gladly help you pick some books.
  • What if my child wants to read the same book over and over?
    Repetition is key to learning. Each time you read a book, it counts. If you read the same book 5 times, color 5 circles.
  • Do I have to read books from the library?
    You can read books from anywhere, in any language.
  • Can I log the books my child hears in storytime?
    Yes! Any and every book your child hears counts for this program.