Helping Children Get Ready to Read 


If you read three books a day to your child, in just one year you’ll have read 1,095 stories and studies show that your child will be better prepared to learn to read! San Diego County Library (SDCL) is proud to announce its new early literacy program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Participating children will track their progress on a fun, interactive chart and earn prizes along the way. All books count towards the goal, even if they are the same ones being read multiple times, books being read in different languages, or books read at library story times.

As part of this program, SDCL’s branches have a supply of brand new picture books for families to enjoy as part of this program along with booklists of favorite authors and series to help you select the best books for your children to enjoy. Prizes will be awarded for every 250 books read and include a drawstring backpack, book, activity book, certificate, and stickers. Kids completing the program will be featured on SDCL’s online Hall of Fame. Older siblings are encouraged to participate by reading to their pre-k counterparts and will be honored as “Superhero Readers” on SDCL’s website.

Parents with children ages 5 and under can visit any SDCL branch to sign up or can sign up online at It’s never too late to start!

First 5 San Diego encourages families to visit the San Diego County Library Discovery Zones which feature a customized set of early-literacy play installations designed to engage children ages 0-5 and their caregivers by talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Five of the zones – El Cajon, San Marcos, Vista, Imperial Beach and Spring Valley – were funded in part by First 5 San Diego.  Other zones have been created at Borrego Springs, La Mesa, and Valley Center.


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