Narrabri Shire Council

1,000 Books Before School

1,000 Books Before School is an initiative designed to encourage quality reading time between parents, carers and their children.
This may seem like an impossible task but consider this; if it takes around 5 minutes to read a picture book, one book per day will mean you will read 1,000 books in less than three years!

Sharing stories with babies and young children will help to develop literacy skills that will prepare them for success at school and create a love of reading.

Every child who registers for this program will receive a “1,000 books Before School Bag”, after they read 100 books. They will also receive an iron on patch each time they read another 100 books until they reach 1,000 books. This will give the child a clear visual target to aim for.

How does 1000 Books Before School work?

Participation is free

Children must be a member of Central Northern Regional Library to participate in the 1,000 Books Before School program.You can register your child as a member online via the Central Northern Regional Library web page or collect a hardcopy form from your local library.

Complete a 1,000 Books Before School Registration Form and return the form to your local library branch in person or email to You will also need to obtain a 1,000 Books Before School Reading Log which will be used to record each book your child reads. Both of these forms are available to download below or you can collect a copy from your local library branch.

 1,000 Books Before School Registration Form

 1,000 Books Before School Reading Log

Each time your child reaches a milestone, you will receive an email confirming that a certificate and an iron on patch is ready to be collected from your nominated base library.

Every book a child reads or listens to can be recorded. This includes:

  • Physical books as well as e-books, which can be downloaded via the BorrowBox, Overdrive apps or Storybox, which are all free to members of Central Northern Regional Library.
  • Books read with/by parents, carers and friends.
  • Books your child hears at daycare, playgroup or your local library reading sessions.

The program finishes when your child has read 1,000 books, or when they begin school.

For further information regarding this program, please contact Narrabri Library on 6792 3336.