1000 Books Before Kindergarten | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Parents can register any child between the age of birth to five (Pre-Kindergarten) for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!  Just visit your preferred MPHPL location to receive your welcome folder and more detailed instructions on how to log reading progress.  Once you've enrolled at the library, you have the option of using our paper log sheet or logging your books via our READsquared platform.



This program encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud daily to children.  Reading to children builds vocabulary, language skills, and prepares them to enter Kindergarten with needed skills for success.  Children are also introduced to a wide range of books and stories. Frequent library visits encourage your child to become a lifelong public library supporter.

The program takes anywhere from a few months to a few years. Participants may complete the program once.  

  • For every 200 books read, a small ‘way to go!’ prize* will be available. Prizes will be available for pick up at your preferred MPHPL location.  
  • Participant names will be placed on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Wall of Fame. After reaching 1000 books read, we offer the chance for your child to get his or her picture taken -- the picture will be placed right at the top of the Wall of Fame to let everyone in the community know of your child’s success!**

Super Sibling Reader:  Any sibling who reads 50 books to a brother or sister enrolled in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program will also receive a prize.  Use the log available in the starter folder for the sibling to keep track of the books they read to your little one. When they’re done, visit the library for a prize. Each sibling is eligible to fill out one log/receive one prize for the duration of their brother/sister’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten journey.


* A prize will be offered at each level; however, the type of prize offered at each level at any given time is dependent on the current funding level of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative.  

** Names will be on display for a calendar year unless space necessitates earlier removal.  Pictures that need removed earlier than one calendar year will be taken down in the order that the children finished the program.

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