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The 1000 books before schools program is a free early literacy program designed to build important literacy skills prior to starting school. The program provides goals and incentives to encourage parents and carers to read with their young children.

Northern Beaches Library Services have teamed up with other northern Sydney library services to deliver the program.

How the program works:

  • Email our Library Programs team to receive your reading logs to print at home.
  • Mark, colour or place a sticker on your reading record each time you read together with your child.
  • When you have read 100 books print your next Reading Record 101 - 200.
  • Every book that your child completes or listens to counts, this includes stories read at; story time sessions, day care, playgroup etc.
  • We encourage you to use the children’s collections at your local libraries. However, you can read books from anywhere and read them as many times as you want, including books from other 1000 Books Before School partnering library services.
  • Hold on to your reading records and once libraries reopen come in to claim your 1000 Books Library Bag.
  • Lost bags are $2 to replace.
  • The program finishes once your child reaches the goal of 1000 books, starts school or turns 6.

Please note that a library membership is required to participate in this program. If you are not a member, you can join online and a new library card will be mailed to you residential address. 

It’s achievable: Read three books a day and you will finish in less than one year. Read one book a day and you will finish in less than three years.

Enquiries: 9976 1727

The 1000 Books Before School early literacy program is proudly supported by Northern Beaches Council, City of Ryde Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Hunter's Hill Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Council and North Sydney Council.