1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This is the Milton Public Library’s year-round reading program for babies and toddlers up to age five.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national movement that encourages parents to bond with their children through reading together, and helps young readers develop a lifelong love of books and learning from an early age.
To register, or to log your books, click here.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Want to help your child or teen combat summer slide while school is out?
SIGN THEM UP FOR THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE @ MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY!
Check out our FAQ below to find out everything you need to know about our Teen and Children’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Already have all the info? Click here to sign in to your Reading Log or to register.
Click here for a tutorial on how to use the system.
We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!
Love, the staff of the Milton Public Library
Children's Summer Reading Questions
What is the Children's Summer Reading Challenge?
It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids from kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories!
When does the Challenge start and end?
Pre-registration is open now! Readers can begin logging minutes on June 17, the last day of school, and the last date to log your time is August 28. Need help logging minutes? Just call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957.
How can children who can't yet read participate?
By having stories read to them. Even children who are independent reader may count stories that are read to them. (Audio books also count!)
Why does the library need a phone number and email address?
Summer Reading Challenge participants are eligible for special prize drawings during the program. If you win, we need to let you know! An email address also lets us send reminders of special events and of approaching deadlines. Contact information is never shared.
How many minutes should I read?
As many as you want! We recommend that every child try to read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Our goal is to have Milton Summer Readers read 750,000 minutes over the course of the summer! If we reach that goal, the Milton Rotary will make a donation on our behalf to The Planetary Society.
What should I read?
You may read anything you like, from anywhere you like! The choice is yours – stories, nonfiction, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, whatever. The library will have displays of great books to read, and there are links to some suggestions below, too.
Summer Reading Suggestions
Children’s Reading Choices 2019
Summer Reading for Birth-Preschool, 2019
Summer Reading for Grades K-2, 2019
Summer Reading for Grades 3-5, 2019
Summer Reading for Grades 6-8, 2019
Summertime Favorites from the National Endowment for the Humanities
2019 Summer Reading Booklist from Scholastic
Who makes all of this super fun stuff possible?
The Massachusetts Summer Library Program is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Local sponsors for our program are the Friends of the Milton Public Library and the Milton Rotary.
Sounds awesome! How do I sign up?
Just click on the link at the top of this page and follow the directions! Each child will need to select a username and password as part of the registration process. Be sure to remember yours, although the library can help you if you forget. Going forward, click on the same link to log in to your reading records.
I've still got more questions. How do I contact the library?
Call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957, or drop by and see us!
Teen Summer Reading Questions
Help! I loved participating in the Children's Summer Reading Program but I'm too old, what do I do?
Don’t panic! The Milton Public Library has a Teen Summer Reading Program too. Teens entering grades 7 – 12 can win prizes by logging the books they’ve read and attending library programs.
What do I read?
Anything you want! You can read books, graphic novels, magazines, and even listed to audiobooks. Still need inspiration? Check out the recommendations on our Summer Reading site.
When does the program start and end?
The Teen Summer Reading Program begins June 17th and ends August 28th.
Sounds like it’s time to get in touch with Magda, our Teen Librarian. Send her an email at email@example.com or call the library at (617) 698-5757.