1000 Books Before School


1000-Books-Before-School_1.jpg * 1000 Books launches 1 February 2017 at Our Libraries*

Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

Register for 1000 Books Before School to start your reading adventure!

How 1000 Books Before School works

Register at any Mornington Peninsula Libraries branch, receive your first reading record and borrow some of our fabulous children’s books to get you started.

 A library membership is required to join the program. A library card must be presented at the time of registration (and each time you stock up on books at the library!), this may be a parent’s card, or you can sign your child up. Each child does not need their own card to participate.

Start counting books from the date of registration (no back-counting!). Every time you complete a book with your child, mark or colour a circle on your reading record. After every 100 books, visit us at the library to receive a special sticker for your reading record.

Rewards will be given at the following milestones: 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1000 books. Rewards will only be awarded once for each milestone.

 Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to, counts – this includes stories read at Storytime sessions, day care, playgroup and kindergarten, as well as reading the same book over again.

You can read books from anywhere – not just library books. If you need some help finding books to read with your child, come and talk to our friendly librarians, we are happy to help!

The program finishes once your child reaches 1000 books, or reaches the end of their first term of prep (first year of school), whichever comes first.

For further information please read

1000 Books Before School FAQ's(DOCX, 49KB)

or contact us at Ask a Librarian


How to register

You can register at any of Our Library locations in Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings or Somerville. If you or your child are not library members yet, you can sign up at the same time. Library memberships are free. 

Download your reading records here

(PDF, 301KB)1000 books Before School Reading Records 1-200(PDF, 973KB)

(PDF, 252KB)1000 Books Before School Reading Records 201-400(PDF, 971KB)

1000 Books Before School Reading Records 401-600(PDF, 973KB)

1000 Books Before School Reading Records 601-800(PDF, 982KB)

1000 Books Before School Reading Records 801-1000(PDF, 983KB)

Why reading to children is important

Nearly half of the adult population in Australia cannot read fluently, and many homes are not literacy-rich environments. Up to 46 per cent of Victorians do not have the literacy skills they need to cope with the complex demands of everyday life or work in a knowledge-based economy.

This has a devastating flow-on for the next generation, affecting Victoria’s 1.1 million children under the age of 15.

In 2015, 15 per cent of Victorian children who started school were developmentally vulnerable or at risk in language and cognitive skills, and more than 21 per cent were developmentally vulnerable or at risk in communications skills and general knowledge.

Literacy levels in older students are also in decline.1 In 2012, 14 per cent of Australian students aged 15 failed to reach baseline proficiency levels in basic literacy skills.

Literacy rates are an urgent and ongoing crisis in our community. Many people face barriers every day of their lives because they cannot read or write. Low levels of literacy and education have serious implications for an individual’s life and health outcomes, including increased likelihood of social isolation and mental health issues. A life without literacy is a cold and difficult experience.

We can make a difference and our efforts must start with Victoria’s young children and their families, providing pathways for life-long learning for all. 

1. Data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that Australia’s mean literacy performance has declined significantly since PISA 2000.