1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national initiative that focuses on fostering strong early literacy skills in children, beginning at birth, by encouraging caregivers to read one thousand books to their child by the time they enter kindergarten. This challenge is for caregivers of early learners, ages birth to six, who are Orange County residents.

Getting Started:

Caregivers may participate virtually by registering for the OCLS 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge today.

Paper Reading Tracker:

They may also track their reading progress using a printable, paper reading tracker. Please turn in the completed reading trackers to an OCLS staff member at any OCLS Branch.

Rules:

Prizes will be mailed to the address associated with the customer’s library card. 

*Rewards are only provided to OCLS juvenile cardholders (0–6 years) with a regular, property owner or fee card in good standing. Limit one reward per badge, per person, while supplies last. The current prize selection contains items donated by The Walt Disney Company and funded by an award from the Mark Cuban Foundation. 

Early Learning Summer Reading Booklist

Easy (Updated November 19)

Upcoming Events

Registration Required
Wednesday
May
18
4:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Engage in a lively discussion and fun activities with Mayor Buddy's Book Club. Recommended for ages 8-12.
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Thursday
May
26
3:00​pm
Event Category: Cooking & Food
How far will Joyce Chen’s dumpling dream go? Learn about her story and how whip up a delicious dumpling recipe. Recommended for for families with children 6-18.
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Registration Required
Wednesday
June
15
3:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Engage in a lively discussion and fun activities with Mayor Buddy's Book Club. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Learn more >
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Beanstack

Participate in the library's reading challenges using Beanstack.

Downloadable Digital Resources

Early Learning Homepage

Kindergarten Readiness

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy

This interactive online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten ensures learning success by providing strength in core subject areas.

Little Pim

Little Pim 

Little Pim introduces young children to learn a foreign language by using short videos and flashcards to immerse them in a new language.