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Early Literacy: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Keep a record of the books you read to your child. Select the "Read To Me" tab for book suggestions or check with the Children's Librarian at your Delaware Public Library.

Keep a record of the books you read to your child. Studies show that reading with your child provides 
a great opportunity for bonding as well as preparing them for school. 

Weather Books for Preschool

Young learners love to talk about the weather, and these weather books for preschool will teach them everything they need to know! Check out our list of stories for all your sunny, rainy, and snowy days. From


Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, online, or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake item and record of your child's interests. If you are able, make sure to keep a record of any book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers and family members.

Use the Summer Reading Challenge year-round to record your books online!


It's easier than you think! Don't stop at 1,000.

  • 1 book each day for 3 years = 1,095 books
  • 3 books each day for 1 year = 1,095 books
  • 2 books each day for 3 years = 2,184 books

You can:

  • Read the same book over, and over, and over.
  • Read in any language.


Story Times count too!


New Castle County Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Kirkwood Library.