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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is it?

This free program builds a habit of using language-rich activities in day-to-day life that will build reading readiness. 

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Read with your child – The benefits of reading together go beyond learning language and include relationship building and routines, both of which support brain development in young children. Reading is powerful because you are the biggest influence in your child’s life right now. 
  • Keep track of the books you read – It will be fun to look back at all of the choices you made. Repeating books is perfectly fine; in fact, it is encouraged! Repetition is a cornerstone of learning. 
  • Complete activities – Build important pre-reading skills, such as music, science, and rhyming.
  • Visit the library – At certain milestones in the program you’ll get a notification that you have earned an incentive, so you’ll want to stop in and let us encourage you. We’re excited to be your partner in building reading readiness! 

That’s it! Reading just one bedtime story each night for three years will mean that you have read over 1,000 books to your child. You can do it, and we’re here to help!

How do I sign up?

  • Visit Beanstack at or download the Beanstack app
  • Set up an account for yourself with username and password (choose “Not Applicable” for school)
  • Add your child to the account you just set up in the upper right corner
  • Join 1,000 Books in the Challenges tab (all babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are eligible)
  • Stop by the library to get your folder of resources to help you on your journey

Click here for a detailed start guide with screenshots and instructions for logging your reading.

Reading Tips

  • Make reading a part of your daily routine – Children need and respond to routines. Whether it is bedtime, nap time, or just after a meal, words can be part of your schedule.
  • Ask questions – An interactive experience teaches your child about give and take in a conversation, even if they aren’t answering you just yet. Talk about the pictures, the characters, and help them predict what might happen. “What do you think will happen next?”
  • Reread books – Children love repetition, and it helps them build predictive skills when it comes to text on the page.
  • Count objects in the book – You are supporting early math skills, too.
  • Have fun! – Use silly voices that go from high to low. This also helps your child to remember the words.
  • Keep trying – Attention spans will vary from day to day. Your perseverance will pay off!