1000 Books Before School FAQs

How old does my child have to be to start the program?

Your child can start the 1000 Books Before School program at any time as long as they have not started school. The earlier you start, the longer you have to complete the program.

What happens if I have more than one child?

You register each child! There is no limit to how many family members can participate.

It says that I need a library membership to join the program – does this apply to State Library Victoria?

Because State Library Victoria is not a lending Library, a membership is not required to join the program. If you would like to register as a State Library Victoria Library member, you can do so via our online registration form. For more information, see our registering with State Library Victoria webpage.

Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?

No – the program begins for your family on the day you register, and you only count books you read on the day you register.

My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?

Repetition is important for learning. You mark or colour in a circle in your reading record every time you read a book. If you read the same book 10 times, you mark or colour in 10 circles.

Can I count books that are read to my child by others or at programs like Baby bounce or Storytime?

Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to, counts – this includes stories read at Baby bounce or Storytime sessions, day care, playgroup and kindergarten, as well as reading the same book over again. You can read books from anywhere – not just library books. 

Do the books have to be library books?

No, any book that is read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.

My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?

As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts.  

What if my child starts school and hasn’t finished the program?

You have until the end of term 1 of the year your child starts school to finish your reading.