1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - Introduction

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Welcome to ACLD’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!shelf of picture books

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. This program encourages you to read books (any books) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation – a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

How to participate:

  1. Register for the program on the Beanstack website or through the Beanstack app! Any child ages birth to six years old can participate.
  2. Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding and creating life-long memories as well as early literacy benefits.
  3. Track your reading! Enter the books you read in Beanstack and earn badges! If you read a book more than once, you can absolutely record it each time. Books read during library storytime programs, at daycare, or by others to your child also count.
  4. Celebrate when you reach each milestone! Playing a game together, having a dance party, making a special snack or spending some time outside are all great ways to celebrate and stay safe.

This program has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed – just enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend virtual library programs. By reading just 1 story a day, you and your child will have read 365 books in 1 year, 730 books in 2 years, and over 1,000 books in just 3 years. And when your child has completed the program, visit your library for a certificate and a small prize!

The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, free programs, and great suggestions for what to read! Stop by our branches or check out our website for more information.

Happy reading!