Charleston County Public Library encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before they start kindergarten. This nationwide challenge is an easy, fun and free program that puts children ages 0-5 years old on the path to success. Reading aloud to children from birth helps strengthen language skills and build vocabulary – two important tools for learning to read. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!   

If you read one book each night, you will read 365 books in one year! That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in just three years!  



How Does The Program Work?

1. Getting Started: Registration for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is now available on READsquared! Books can be logged through READsquared to keep track of your child’s reading. Children ages 0-5 years old are eligible to participate. Sign up online or download a printable Reading Log on this page.

You can also sign up at any Charleston County Public Library location.


2. Track Your Reading: Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your READsquared account or by coloring in the books on your paper reading log.


3. Show Us Your Reading Logs: Each time you and your child finish reading 100 books, visit the library with your completed reading log (or we can look you up in READsquared) and receive your next log and a milestone sticker. You’ll even be able to add a sticker to your local CCPL branch’s Reader Wall of Fame!


4. Keep Reading More Books! When you reach the goal of reading 1,000 books, your child will receive a free book to keep for their home library!


5. Super Reader Milestone: Reaching the 1,000 book goal earns a free book and certificate. Your child can also have their picture taken and featured on CCPL’s social media as a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Super Reader!

More questions? Check out the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQ.

Charleston County Public Library, Berkeley County Library System, and Dorchester County Library have partnered with Trident United Way to help provide you additional support during this program. Visit Tri-County Read United for registration to receive literacy information, communication, and support from Trident United Way. Individuals may opt out at any time.



1,000 Books You Should Read

What should you and your child read as part of the program? The possibilities are endless!
We've put together a bunch of recommended reads here!

Books for Babies

Books for Toddlers

Books for Preschoolers

Read Alongs on OverDrive

Spanish Picture Books

Read, Write, Talk, Sing, & Play

Reading Logs

Download and print your Reading Logs here! Every time you read a book or share an early literacy moment, your child can color in a book! Bring completed logs to your local library branch to pick up your prizes.

You can download each page individually, tracking them 100 at a time, or a booklet of the full 1,000 books! Remember: reading one book a day for three years - or three books a day for one year - is 1,095 books! 

You can also download a booklet of all the reading logs in Spanish


Meet Our 1,000 Books Partners