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One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

Free reading iniative for families.

Post Date:06/05/2018 4:02 PM

The Grand Prairie Library System joins the nationwide program- One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten. This free program allows families to check out backpacks with a preselected set of ten books, to be read together.This allows parents and children to pursue an otherwise daunting challenge in a way that feels achievable and goes at their own pace.

There are a large variety of books in the backpacks with different reading levels that cover diverse subject matter. The library hopes it will provide a springboard for adults to develop new vocabulary as well as to discuss important subjects with their child.

The library encourages parents to take their time and be prepared to spend several years completing this challenge.

To check out a backpack with a set of ten books, please visit any of our libraries:

  • Main Library, 901 Conover Drive
  • Betty Warmack Library, 760 Bardin Road
  • Tony Shotwell Library, 2750 Graham Street

For more information, please contact Caitin Milligan at

About One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes. The objectives of this organization are:

  • to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers
  • to encourage parent and child bonding through reading

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.

Our goal is to provide a simple, innovative yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills. We help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.

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