1000 Books Before School
Did you know that reading together is the best way to encourage a love of books in your child?
Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.
The 1000 Books Before School program is a great way to track your child's reading progress as you work towards building these important skills.
Watch our video to find out more!
How 1000 Books Before School works
- Register at one of the local participating public libraries listed below to receive your first Reading Record and reading kit to get you started. A library membership may be required to join the program.
- If you are unable to register through your public library, you can register with State Library Victoria.
- Mark, colour or place a sticker on your Reading Record each time you read together with your child.
- Each time you reach a milestone in your Reading Record, bring it in to your local library for a special reward.
- Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to, counts – this includes stories read at Storytime sessions, daycare, playgroup, kindergarten, as well as the same book over and over again. You can read books from anywhere – not just library books.
- The program finishes once your child reaches 1000 books, or starts school. Congratulations!
Register with one of the following participating public libraries:
- Bayside Library Service
- Boroondara Library Service
- Brimbank Library Service
- Campaspe Regional Library Service
- Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation
- Central Highlands Library Service
- City of Melton Libraries
- Corangamite Regional Library Corporation
- Darebin Libraries
- East Gippsland Shire Library
- Eastern Regional Libraries
- Geelong Regional Library
- Glen Eira Libraries and Learning Centres
- Glenelg Shire Council Libraries
- Goldfields Library Corporation
- Goulburn Valley Libraries
- Greater Dandenong Libraries
- High Country Library Network
- Hume Libraries
- Indigo Shire
- Kingston Libraries
- Latrobe City Libraries
- Maribyrnong Library Service
- Mildura Rural City Council Library Service
- Mitchell Shire
- Monash Public Library Service
- Moonee Valley Libraries
- Moreland City Libraries
- Mornington Peninsula Library
- Murrindindi Library Service
- Port Phillip Library Service
- Stonnington Library and Information Service
- Swan Hill Regional Library Service
- Wellington Shire Libraries
- West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation
- Wimmera Regional Library Corporation
- Wodonga Library
- Wyndham Libraries
- Yarra Plenty Regional Library Corporation
- Whitehorse Manningham Library Service
- State Library Victoria
- Vision Australia Information Library Service