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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.

Locate the Nearest Library

 

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

Johnny Appleseed Take Home Kit

All Day9/20 - 9/26
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Did you know Johnny Appleseed was a real person, not just a legend? Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by making a paper apple with a toilet paper roll and tissue paper. Paper supplies are all provided. You can also learn some more about apples and John ...

Little Life Skills: Letters & Numbers

All Day9/20 - 9/26
Del City Library
Library Branch: Del City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Del City)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Learning takes place well before we start school! The Little Life Skills take-home kit series encourages children ages 2 - 5 to work on basic life skills like tying shoes, learning ABCs, and helping out around the house through hands-on activities an...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Pre-K Kit: Alphabet Explorers Lowercase Edition 3

All Day9/20 - 9/26
Almonte Library
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Almonte)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
Calling all pre-readers! Lowercase letters are here! Come by Almonte to pick up your sensory-based letter exploration kit. Each week, we will build on your kit and provide new activities! Kits are first come, first serve. feel free to call ahead and ...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Early Childhood Take Home Kit : Fluorescent Collage

All Day9/20 - 10/3
Belle Isle Library
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
This program is designed for parents and children ages 2-5 to do together. Use various bright shapes to make a vibrant collage on black paper. ...

Pre-K Kit: Alphabet Explorers Lowercase Edition 4

All Day9/27 - 10/3
Almonte Library
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Almonte)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Calling all pre-readers! Lowercase letters are here! Come by Almonte to pick up your sensory-based letter exploration kit. Each week, we will build on your kit and provide new activities! Kits are first come, first serve. Feel free to call ahead and ...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Outdoor Storytime

September 27, 2021
9:30am - 10:15am
Northwest Library
Registration
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Outdoors (Northwest)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Outdoor Program, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:

Join us for a storytime at your neighborhood library! Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the library and show parents and caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and create excitement about reading. Connect with others while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and more!

This event will take place on our children's outdoor patio. Please register each child individually. On the day of the event, please watch your email in case of inclement weather cancellation. Please only register for one storytime per week. Th...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

Storytime in the Park

September 27, 2021
9:30am - 10:15am
Edmond Library
Registration
Library Branch: Edmond Library
Room: Outdoors (Edmond)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Outdoor Program, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Join us out in Shannon Miller Park, in front of the Edmond Library, for a story, rhymes, songs, and more! Bring a blanket, towel, or something else for you and your little ones to sit on. Please register each child individually, and only attend one s...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

This event is scheduled to take place outside weather permitting.  Customers are encouraged to wear sunscreen and their masks.  Customers may also bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Please watch your email for updates to change of avenue or cancelation. 

Preschool Activities (Zoom)

September 27, 2021
10:30am - 11:00am
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Zoom (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Description:
Join us online through Zoom for a story, rhymes, a craft, and early literacy activity. Come by the library before the program to pick up a kit of materials you will need during the program. Before the program, you will receive an email with a link ...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!