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1001 Books Before School


What better way to start them out on the right path than by reading 1001 books to, and with them, before they go to school?

Given that the average picture book takes just five minutes to read, spend just 15 minutes reading three books with your child each day and you will read 1000 books in a year.

This program simply involves recording the books read to the child in the online reading log and tracking your child’s books.

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How to get started

  • Visit your local library to get your child a Lizzie Library Card
  • Register your child at and make an account for you and your child
  • Log the books that you and your child read together by logging into your account
  • Each time your child reaches a milestone, come into the library to collect a small prize

At the completion of the program, having read 1001 books before starting school, your child will be invited to a celebration to receive a certificate and a book as a reminder of their achievements.

To get started, please register at any City of Charles Sturt library branch or online at

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Frequently asked questions

How old does my child have to be to start the program?

Your child can start at any time as long as they have not started school. The earlier you start, the longer you have to complete the program and the more rewards your child will get!

What happens if I have more than one child?

You register each child! There is no limit to how many family members can participate.

Can I read the same book more than once to my child? How do I count that?

Yes, you can read the same books as many times as your child requests it to be read to them. You simply log the same book as many times as you read the book.

What if my child starts school and hasn’t finished the program?

You have until the end of term 1 of the year your child starts school to complete the program.

How will I know my child has reached a milestone?

When you log you books in your child’s account, a pop-up message will inform you to go to the library to collect a prize.

Do the books read have to be library books?

No, any book that is read can be recorded.

Can I count books that are read to my child by others or at programs like Storytime?

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

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