1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read long before they enter school. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

 

Why should your family participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

Love of Reading

Reading with your child and making it a special time together shows them that reading is valuable and enjoyable. You can start to develop a love of reading in your child from a very young age!


Ready to Read

You are your child’s first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn. When you talk, sing, read, write, and play you are helping your child get ready to read!


Appreciation for the Library

By coming to the library together you can show your child how the library works, help them gain an appreciation for the wide range of materials available and get recommendations for books that can broaden your child’s interests.

Child's Age when 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Starts Number of Books to Read Per Day to Complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Number of Books to Read Per Week to Complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
0 Years Old 1 4
1 Year Old 1 5
2 Years Old 1 7
3 Years Old 2 10
4 Years Old 3 20

 

How to Participate

Sign in or Register for an Account on Beanstack

By visiting our online logging software you can login with your account information from previous years. If you are new to our site, you can create a login!

Sign Up!

Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

After signing in and creating a Beanstack account, you will need to register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. If you do not register, you cannot log reading, earn badges or prizes.

Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Log books read to earn badges and prizes.



Breakdown of Books Read and Prizes

Number of Books Read Digital Badge Sticker* Prize*
50
X
100
X
X
150
X
200
X
X
250
X
300
X
X
350
X
400
X
X
450
X
500
X
X
  • 500 Books Read Printable Certificate
  • 1 Reading Buddy (stuffed animal of child's choosing)
550
X
600
X
X
650
X
700
X
X
750
X
800
X
X
850
X
900
X
X
950
X
1,000
X
X
  • Printable Certificate of Completion
  • A 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Book Bag

*Stickers and Prizes can be redeemed at your nearest Metro Library

 

No Internet Access? No Problem

You can keep track of the books read through a paper log or remembering how many books you've read. Visit with a library staff member to help enter information into your child's log.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs

Any child, birth-5 years, who has not yet entered Kindergarten may participate in
the program.

Anytime! This is a year-round program.

Books from home, books from the library, books read during storytime, etc.  Audiobooks count too!

No - you start fresh when you start the program.

Your child will receive a special sticker for every 100 books they read. At 500
books, they will receive a stuffed reading buddy plush and a certificate. At 1000 books, they will receive a themed tote bag and a certificate.




Upcoming Events

Online Storytime

July 7, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Tuesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with pare...

Online Storytime

July 7, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Tuesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with pare...

Online Storytime

July 8, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Instagram Live every Wednesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with p...

Music with Ginger Online Program

July 10, 2020
9:00am - 9:15am
The Village Library
Registration
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Offsite (The Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 36
Event Description:
Have you missed Music with Ginger? Miss Ginger will be providing our “normal” Musictime via private link! To participate and receive information about the program, you MUST register before the deadline of Friday July 10th at 9:00am! On Friday at ...

Online Storytime

July 11, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Saturday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with par...

Take Home Tuesday : Early Childhood

July 14, 2020
9:00am - 9:15am
The Village Library
Registration
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Online + Curbside (The Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Enjoy science, art, and literacy activities from home with these prepared activity kits! Supplies are limited. Please register to reserve your kit, then pick it up curbside along with your library materials. Kits must be picked up within one week of ...

Online Storytime

July 14, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Tuesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with pare...

Online Storytime

July 14, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Tuesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with pare...