On the Road with 1000 Books Workshop

On the road today with friends and colleagues with the Waukesha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Kenosha County Library System and Milwaukee County Federated Library System. We are learning about baby brain development, Growing Wisconsin Readers and more (I'm a "more!") at an all day workshop. My "more" is sharing what I know about successfully starting and maintaining 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs in afternoon break-out sessions.

For all my southern Wisconsin peeps, below are the 1000 books resources that I use and have gathered over the years. Enjoy!!

Tiny Tips for Library Fun - I have blogged about our program over the years. Please use the handy-dandy search box and type in "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" or just jump to my tag-cloud and click!

Beth Crist of the Colorado Department of Education has done an amazing job of pulling together resources, including a webinar by Sandy Krost (the motehr of the very first 1000 Books Club) and a PDF explainign what these programs are all about.

Come on, it wouldn't be true children's librarianship if there wasn't a Pinterest board lurking somewhere. If you are a pinner, drop by my Let 1000 Books Bloom board and link up to exisiting programs around the country. Our newest program developed, just posted today, is from Kathleen Larson from Bloomer (WI) Public Library who has a delightful program just launched!

Waukesha County Federated Library System developed an outstanding webinar on the nuts and bolts of 1000 Books thanks to Angela Meyers. Talk about a resource at your fingertips!

Finally, we have PDfs of all the real forms we tried, happily hosted by our Winding Rivers Library System website. Feel free to use and re-purpose. The more we share....


  1. This is so helpful Marge, thank you! I am currently getting this program started at my library so these are exactly the resources I need.

  2. Glad that they help! I LOVE 1000 Books programs!