Raise a Reader

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Why should you and your child read 1,000 books before kindergarten? Not only is reading aloud to your child a valuable bonding experience but it also improves your child’s success in school. By reading just three stories a day with your child, you will have read over 1,000 books in one year. The Library can help you track your journey and recommend titles your child will love. This program is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.

It is easy to participate!

  1. Come to the Youth Services desk to register and pick up your reading log.
  2. Check off one star per book.
  3. When you have completed 100 books, bring your reading log to the Library to collect your first prize.
  4. Continue reading and checking in at the Library! Your child receives a sticker for every 100 books, and there are prizes for completing 100, 500, and 1,000 books.
Every Child Ready to Read LogoThe secret to raising a reader is simple: make reading a regular part of your child’s world… and it’s never too early to start. Studies show that children who possess strong language and literacy skills are better prepared to learn in kindergarten than those who don’t. No one expects babies or toddlers to be able to read; early literacy means what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. There are six early literacy skills that you can practice to help prepare your child. (Read More)

Find a Good Book

Early Readers

Did you know the books in our Early Readers collection are color-coded to help you guide your child through the steps from guided to independent reading?
PINK: Easy words, short sentences. For readers who are able to read with considerable guidance.
BLUE: Simple words, longer sentences. For readers who are able to read with some guidance.
PURPLE: More challenging words, longer stories.For readers who are just beginning to read on their own.
GREEN:  Fewer pictures, first chapter books. For readers who are reading independently.

If you need assistance, please ask at the Youth Services Desk.

Kids’ Books-to-go!

Perfect for your book discussion groups, each bag will include multiple copies of popular fiction titles, as well as discussion questions and activities. Titles to watch for in this special collection: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, The Watsons Go to Birmingham by C. Curtis, and more!