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

A Very Merry Unbirthday Party

March 31, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Choctaw Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Choctaw Library
Room: Meeting Room (Choctaw)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Event Description:
A very, merry unbirthday to you! To who? To EVERYONE! Join us at the Choctaw Library to celebrate everyone's unbirthday (or even birthday, if that's the case). We'll play croquet, decorate a birthday cake, play games, and so much more. ...

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. 

Toddler Storytime

March 31, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Belle Isle Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Meeting Room ABC (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
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!

Playtime is offered immediately after this program. Program is not offered on weeks with holiday closures. ...

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. 

Online Storytime

March 31, 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...

Playtime

March 31, 2020
10:00am - 10:45am
Belle Isle Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Meeting Room ABC (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Event Description:

Sharing in playtime is an excellent way to help children build social skills, promote learning, and discover that the library is a destination for fun! Children will have the opportunity to practice skills such as: following directions, socializing with others, using language, and using small and large muscles. Come meet new friends, bond with your little one, and explore the many resources your neighborhood library has to offer!

This event does not meet on weeks with holiday closures. ...

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. 

123! Play with Me!

March 31, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Bethany Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Bethany Library
Room: Children's Area (Bethany)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Event Description:

123! Play with Me! is a four-week series for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and caregivers. Fun and play-based, this program provides an environment rich with toys, books, and art activities and an opportunity for families to spend time together, make new friends, and talk one-on-one with early childhood and family support specialists.

Due to the lack of community resource professionals, this program is being postponed. ...

Storytime with a Dog!

March 31, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
The Village Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
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!

Today we will have a special guest--Boris the Therapy Dog! Come hear stories and sing songs about dogs and visit with Boris!...

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. 

A Very Merry Unbirthday Party

March 31, 2020
10:30am - 11:15am
Choctaw Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Choctaw Library
Room: Meeting Room (Choctaw)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Event Description:
A very, merry unbirthday to you! To who? To EVERYONE! Join us at the Choctaw Library to celebrate everyone's unbirthday (or even birthday, if that's the case). We'll play croquet, decorate a birthday cake, play games, and so much more. ...

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. 

Online Storytime

March 31, 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...