1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Reading to young children builds their language skills, contributes to their healthy development, and gives them the skills they need to succeed in school. SJPL challenges you to read 1,000 books with your child before kindergarten! Here are some suggestions...

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Suzy longs to be different from all the other geese, but learns that imitating a lion may not be the best way to express her individuality.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Silly Suzy Goose / Petr Horáček.

Suzy longs to be different from all the other geese, but learns that imitating a lion may not be the best way to express her individuality.

Although they have different interests, Alex and Lulu always have fun together until Alex starts to wonder if their differences might make them complete opposites.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Alex and Lulu : two of a kind / Lorena Siminovich.

Although they have different interests, Alex and Lulu always have fun together until Alex starts to wonder if their differences might make them complete opposites.

Author Janna Matthies' soothing rhyme and Merrilee Liddiard's warm illustrations of diverse pairs make this story perfect for encouraging a sense of acceptance, security, and community.

Author Janna Matthies' soothing rhyme and Merrilee Liddiard's warm illustrations of diverse pairs make this story perfect for encouraging a sense of acceptance, security, and community.

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

San Jose Library Catalog -- I like myself! / Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow.

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

By admiring her finer points and showing that she can take care of herself and have fun even when there's no one else around, a charming pig proves the best friend you can have is yourself.

San Jose Library Catalog -- I like me / by Nancy Carlson.

By admiring her finer points and showing that she can take care of herself and have fun even when there's no one else around, a charming pig proves the best friend you can have is yourself.

When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures. Includes a description of how leaves change through the year.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Fall leaves fall! / by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern.

When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures. Includes a description of how leaves change through the year.

A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

San Jose Library Catalog -- I love my hair! / by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Round is a mooncake : a book of shapes / written by Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Grace Lin.

As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Dancing feet! / by Lindsey Craig ; illustrations by Marc Brown.

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons / created & illustrated by James Dean ; story by Eric Litwin.

Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

Maisy the mouse demonstrates pairs of opposites, including thick and thin, tall and short, young and old, and wiggly and straight.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Maisy big, Maisy small / Lucy Cousins.

Maisy the mouse demonstrates pairs of opposites, including thick and thin, tall and short, young and old, and wiggly and straight.

Babies play peekaboo, looking for their belly buttons, feet, and other body parts in this interactive book.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Where is baby's belly button? : a lift-the-flap book / by Karen Katz.

Babies play peekaboo, looking for their belly buttons, feet, and other body parts in this interactive book.

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Harry, the dirty dog / by Gene Zion ; pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham.

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.

Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Trashy town / Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha ; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.

Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.

In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Seven blind mice / Ed Young.

In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

San Jose Library Catalog -- Owl moon / by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by John Schoenherr.

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.