Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library

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About The Program

Families often enjoy reading storybooks together!  Here, a mom and two young children enjoy a picture book.

Author Mem Fox once wrote, “Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.”  

 We are offering our restructured 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program to newborns through age 6 and their families. It’s easy to start- just print off the log sheet below and mark down the books as you read them.  When you’ve finished your first 100 books, bring your sheet into the library or email it to Ms. Bec at rebeccab@wiltonlibrarynh.org .  We will officially sign you up for the program, and your child will “board the reading train” to track progress. You’ll also receive a canvas tote to help carry all your books home from the library! 

At different times throughout the program, prizes will be awarded, special events will occur, and we'll have all sorts of surprises waiting for our youngest patrons.  Upon completion of the program, your child will receive a certificate and, with parent permission, their photo will be displayed HERE on our website.

If you read one book in the morning, one book before naptime, and one book at night, you're already reading approximately 90 books a month.  Why not prepare your child for kindergarten with a lifetime of wonderful books, and have a little extra fun doing it? 


Log Sheet

Your child can color, sticker or otherwise mark each book after reading.  One book read 10 times counts as 10 books!  When the page is filled, bring it to the Wilton Library so you can move to a new space on the reading train and maybe get a prize!

Click here to download a log sheet.

Reading To Babies And Toddlers...

  • Builds listening, memory, and concentration skills
  • Assists with language development
  • Increases vocabulary
  • Introduces concepts like letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in a fun way
  • Teaches about the world around them
  • Inspires curiosity and wonder
  • Prepares your child for Kindergarten
  • Encourages parent/child bonding
  • Reinforces a positive connection with reading 

Photo Album

Hooray! We have our first rider on the little red caboose after reading 1,000 books before kindergarten! 

Click here to see a photo! 





Thank you


The NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project is an early literacy initiative based on the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, sponsored by CHILIS and supported by the NH State Library, Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.