Spotlight On: 1000 Books

1000 Books: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program to help get kids reading. The goal is to have kids read 1000 books before they enter kindergarten. This can be people reading to the kids, or kids reading themselves. If you have a child who has not entered kindergarten yet, feel free to sign them up for this program, here at the library. We have a section of books that are perfect for the 1000 books program. They range from picture books to board books, and include old classics and new stars. These books are located in bins under the children’s circulation desk. Each book has a 1000 Books sticker on the front cover.

All By Myself / Aliki

Button, zip, scrub, rub, paint and write -these are just a few of the things independent children can do. Aliki′s fun rhyming text and lively illustrations celebrate the joys of mastering these skills, morning, noon, and night. (E ALIKI)

The Wing on a Flea / Ed Emberly

In a tale first published forty years ago, rhymes combined with colorful drawings teach children to recognize shapes of circles, triangles, and rectangles in things they see daily. (E EMBERLY)

Hello Baby! / Mem Fox

A baby encounters a variety of young animals, including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub, before discovering the most precious creature of all. (E FOX)


This Little Piggy / Tim Harrington

Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more “fun stuff” too. (E HARRINGTON)


Harold and the Purple Crayon / Crockett Johnson

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon. (E JOHNSON)



If You Give a Mouse a Cookie / Laura Joffe Numeroff

Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child’s day. (E NUMEROFF)


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt / Michael Rosen

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat. (E ROSEN)


Pete’s a Pizza / William Steig

When Pete feels miserable because rain makes it impossible to play ball outdoors, his father finds a fun indoor game to play with his son. (E STEIG)


Pizza at Sally’s / Monica Wellington

With vegetables from her own garden and other fresh ingredients, Sally mixes and bakes hot and bubbly pizzas for her customers to take home or eat in her pizzeria. (E WELLINGTON)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! / Mo Willems

When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler’s temper tantrum. (E WILLEMS)


“If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.” ~Cornelia Funke

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