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Join the challenge and read 1000 books before the first day of school!

Sharing stories with pre-school children is considered to be a simple and fun way to establish a lifelong love of reading, learning and discovery.

Boroondara’s 1000 Books Before School program encourages parents and pre-school children to start their literacy journey, and commit to reading 1000 books together, before the first day of school.

Whether it’s a book you’ve read together at home, a story from kinder, a library storytime session, or one that’s been read multiple times before, log them all in your 1000 Books Before School reading passport, complete activities and earn rewards along the way.

There is no fee to join, simply register, collect your starter-pack and start reading ahead of the first school year.

Register for 1000 Books Before School

Terms and conditions for 1000 Books Before School

By registering for this program, you must have a Boroondara Library Membership and be able to collect your milestones in person from one of Boroondara Library Service branches.

Completion of the program is self-paced. Depending on demand, we may not be able to provide milestone rewards if not completed by January 2024.

Finished the Challenge?

You can now collect your certificate and commemorative pin at your local Boroondara Library Service branch or Storytime.

Please email Ask a Librarian with your name, contact number, child's first and last name and where you'd like to collect the certificate. Let us know if your child would like to receive their certificate at a Storytime session.

More reading resources

See our Literacy and reading resources for families page to find the best reading recommendations, literacy advice and programs for your child.

Visit the Children’s Storytimes and Activities page for all our regular children’s programs.

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