The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).
The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. To help with that, your child can come to the library to pick up prizes at 200, 500, 800, and 1,000 books read! You will also be able to print certificates from home for every 100 books read. And when you finish, we’ll give a shout out to your child on our library Facebook page!
How to Participate
Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life‐long memories for the both of you.
Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child. Make a record of what you are reading online. If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes those read by teachers and siblings.
- If you were previously using Beanstack to track your child’s progress toward reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten or if you were planning to start, we recommend downloading the 1000 Books before Kindergarten app for your smart device to track your progress; another option is to download and print a paper log here or stop in to your local library location and pick up a paper copy.
- If you were using Beanstack to track your personal reading milestones, we recommend Goodreads, where you can sign up for your own account, track what you’ve read, and find information on other books you may enjoy.