1000 Books Before Kindergarten


1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing reading program designed for children who are newborns all the way up to the summer before starting Kindergarten. The goal of 1000 books is broken into 100 book chunks with small incentives as each milestone is reached. The program is self-paced so there is no time limit. Read as much or as little as your family schedule allows.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten uses Beanstack’s virtual book log online or in the Beanstack app for iOS and Android devices. Once an account is made for yourself and your child, select the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten from the available Challenges and you are ready to read!

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Frequently Asked Questions


Are there prizes?

Yes! For each 100 books read, the child receives a small incentive to celebrate their accomplishment. When 1000 books are completed, we will also give your child an individualized certification of completion.

My child cannot read on their own. Can we still participate?

Yes! This program is about an adult reading to a child. Reading out loud to a child of any age strengthens the bond betwe

How long will this program take to complete?

That is up to you; the only deadline is that you read 1000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. It is self-paced so there is no required amount of time to spend reading each week.

Reading 1000 books to your child sounds intimidating, however it really only takes as little as 15 minutes a day to incorporate reading into your child’s daily routine.  Think about it, if you read one book a day you will have read 365 books in one year.  Two books a day yields 730 books in one year!

My child loves reading the same book over and over. Does this count as one book or multiple books?

Feel free to repeat the same book. Each time you read the book it will count as an additional title towards your 1000 book goal!

Tips for Reading to Infants and Toddlers


Keep it fun and enjoyable

Children like to do what is fun and enjoyable.  Make reading a joy filled event in their day. Stories should rarely be read in a monotone voice.  Bring out the inner actor in yourself.  Change your voice, make sounds, and laugh.  Have fun with the books you read! If you have fun, your child will too!

Make shared reading time a comfy cozy bonding time

While you are still able to (provided that they haven’t grown too big); hold your child while you read.  Does your child have a favorite blanket or toy?  If so, incorporate using the favorite blanket or toy in your reading.  For example, try using the blanket to create a fort.  You can even read to the favorite toy.

Make reading time interactive

Give your child the opportunity to read along.  Ask a lot of questions.  Talk about the images. Although most books can probably be read in less than five minutes; lengthen the reading process. Add descriptors in your discussions. For example, can you see the red fish?

Read books about what interests your child

Is your child excited about princesses or trucks? What about Curious George? Try to find books about things that interest your child. When your child gets older, take them to the library and they can choose their own books.