Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:45pm

Image of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten READsquared app

We are very excited to offer an entirely online way to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. While the pandemic has changed many things, it hasn’t changed the importance—and joy—of reading to babies, toddlers, and children before they enter kindergarten. Also unchanged is the abundance of books at the Northbrook Public Library for these ages. You can now register for and log your reading entirely online using our READsquared website or app. The READsquared app is available at the App Store and Goole Play.

A Musical Makeover

Another new aspect of the program provides a way for families to celebrate each milestone with a musical treat! In making the program available entirely online, we wanted to find a way for families to celebrate at home, and music was the perfect answer. Music is an important foundation of early literacy, and it is loved and appreciated equally by babies and five-year-olds.

We worked with professional musicians from a variety of traditions around the Chicago area to create new and interesting versions of songs you likely know and love. So every time you log 100 books for your little one, you will receive a music video straight from the living rooms, basements, and backyards of professional musicians. Play it on your phone or computer and sing and move along with your little one. 

Ever hear "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" performed as a violin-trumpet duet or "Baby Shark" on French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba?  

At the half-way point (500 books) and the finish, the emails will also include instructions on how to pick up a mini bookbag and free board book through contactless curbside pick-up.

Complete the program and you will have a little music library just for your child!

We also encourage families to try the Youth Five Fresh Reads form as a replacement for browsing at the library. We can email you personalized book suggestions for your child that you can pick up through curbside pickup.

About 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The goal of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is to help your child establish strong literacy skills at an early age, with the library on call to you every step of the way. The concept is simple: just read at least one book to your child each day and keep track of the progress on our fun tally cards.

To learn more, enroll, or log your reading, please visit