Reading Challenges

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  1. What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?
  2. Getting Started
  3. FAQ

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal? To read 1,000 books before starting kindergarten! This program is designed to help parents prepare their children for school. Children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them. You are your child’s first teacher!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is intended for children ages birth through five (or until they enter kindergarten).

We encourage you to sign up even if your child is closer to age 5. Your child will still receive many benefits from participating in a structured reading program.

Ready to jump in? Click the "Getting Started" tab!

  1. What is Tails & Tales?
  2. Getting Started
  3. FAQ

This summer, we’re challenging kids and families to read for 20 minutes a day! Daily reading is a great way to keep kids’ minds engaged and active during the summer and to combat learning loss while promoting school readiness. Every reader who reads 20 minutes a day for 20 days will get to choose a book and adopt a block animal from our Reading Zoo. Readers who reach 30 days of reading will receive a gift certificate to The Briar Patch bookstore. Keep reading for 40 or 50 days to earn entries into cool prize drawings!