1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge

Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little ones! Reading to your child helps develop early literacy skills and foster a lifelong love of reading. Track your progress in Beanstack, and win a prize for every 200 books you read and log. This program is open to babies, toddlers, and pre-k aged children.


To participate

  1. Create or log into your account on Beanstack. If you need help getting started or don’t remember to log into our account, watch our tutorial video.
  2. Add your child as a new reader under your account and select the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading challenge to register. Watch our video to learn how to add a family member on beanstack.
  3. For each book you read to your child, log the title in the Beanstack app. [double check tutorials page]
  4. For every 200 books you log your child will earn a reward. Come into the library and pick up your prize.

How to read 1000 books before kindergarten:

1 book/day for 3 years = 1095 books
10 books/week for 2 years = 1040 books
3 books/day for 1 year = 1095 books

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

This is a program for parents, caregivers, and their children to promote reading to infants, toddlers, and preschools and encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

Why should my child and I participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

Reading together builds closeness and early literacy skills, which are the foundation for school success.  With each book that you read you are introducing your child to new sounds and words that will give them an advantage later when learning to read.

Numerous studies (Harvard study) estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.

Who can participate? 
This Program is open to Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-K aged Children. Children who cannot read on their own can participate by having a sibling or adult read to them.

What books count towards 1000 books?
Any book read to your child can be counted. This includes books read by others and digital books as well as library story times!

Can we repeat books?
Yes. If you read the same book multiple times, you may log it each time it is read. 

How long does the program take?  
The program can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete. The caregiver can set the pace at which they choose to read  books to the child. 

How do I use Beanstack?
Parents and guardians sign into Beanstack and the website helps you track your reading. We have Beanstack instruction videos for you to follow along with, and are adding tutorials all the time.

Always on the move? You can also track books by downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app. It is easy to use, has an ISBN scan feature, and you can manage all the readers in your family in one account. Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

If you have never used Beanstack before, or need to reset your password, we recommend watching our short, 2 minute video tutorials:

If my child is also signed up for summer reading, can I log the same books for both programs?
Yes, if your child is signed up for both the Summer Reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs on Beanstack, books logged during this period will count towards both programs.


Additional Resources

Beanstack instruction videos

Our staff have put together videos to help answer some of our most frequently asked questions. If you need a tutorial we haven’t made yet, let us know!

Bag of Books

Fill out a short form about your young reader and their interests to receive personalized book selections from our library staff.

Children’s Virtual Bookshelves

Want to browse some of our popular children’s collections from the comfort of home? We have lists based on age, popular subjects, and fiction or non fiction. If nothing’s catching your eye, request a Bag of Books chosen based on the information you give us.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Official Website

The original 1000 Books program site has many resources including printable reading logs and other early literacy guides to promote a love of reading.