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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:

  • A library membership card is required at your local Northern Beaches Library. Join the library online here.
  • Register for the program at your local library and receive your first reading record.
  • Mark, colour or place a sticker on your reading record each time you read together with your child.
  • When you have read 100 books bring your reading record into your local library and receive your ‘I’m reading 1000 Books Before School’ reading bag.
  • Each time you complete milestones in your reading records, bring it into your local library to receive a merit patch for your bag.
  • 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.
  • Lost bags are $2 to replace
  • The program finishes once your child reaches the goal of 1000 books, starts school or turns 6.

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.

It’s free to participate and join the library.

Join us on Wednesday 12 February at 11am to celebrate the launch of our new early literacy program with a kids morning tea following our regular pre-school sessions at your local library.

Pick up your reading record at any Northern Beaches Library branch from Wed 12 Feb.

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.