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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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George is Curious, Can YOU Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten? We know you can!

The Cambridge Public Library invites all pre-kindergarten children and their families to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and begin a lifetime of learning and fun. Get a free tote bag when you sign up and earn your very own books with each milestone met.

How can you participate in our program?

Begin by registering at any Cambridge Public Library location and you will receive a free tote bag and book. Then you’re on your way–just keep reading! Looking for great books to read? Our expert children’s librarians can help you find books that are just right.

Whenever you hit a 250-book milestone, there is a new gift book waiting for you at the Library.

A gold medal with the number 250 written on it and a short purple ribbonA gold medal with the number 500 written on it and a short green ribbonA gold medal with the number 750 written on it and a red ribbonA gold medal with the number 1000 written on it and a blue ribbon

Why participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

  • Illustration of three green trees of increasing height from left to right
    Reading is important.

    Reading helps your brain grow and develop and fosters creativity, imagination, and comprehension skills.

  • Illustration of an open book with white pages and a red cover
    The Library is a resource for you.

    Come into the Library and borrow as many books as you would like. It’s all FREE!

  • Illustration of a purple star with a dark gray outline
    You can do it!

    1000 Books would be about 4 books a week from the time you are born until just about the time you will start kindergarten. So let's get started, we're going to have so much fun...

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