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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can prepare their little ones for future school and life success!

Who can participate? Pre-school age children (0-5 years old) with their family/caregivers.

How Does the 1000 BBK Program Work?

Getting Started: Print a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log or sign up on Beanstack (see below if you prefer to use the app) and start reading.

Track Your Reading: Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your reading log

Show Us Your Reading Log: Each time you and your child reach a reading milestone (see below) bring in your reading log and collect your reward

Printable Reading Logs

1-100 Books
101-200 Books
201-300 Books
301-400 Books
401-500 Books
501-600 Books
601-700 Books
701-800 Books
801-900 Books
901-1000 Books

The Beanstack App
iPhone App available on iTunes
Android App available on Google Play

Reading Milestone Rewards
100 books = A teddy bear, a 100 Books button, and your child's photo on the Milestone Wall of Fame
200 - 400 books = A new button and a new photo for the Wall of Fame
500 books = A 500 Books button, a new photo for the Wall of Fame, and a finger puppet
600 - 900 books = A new button and a new photo for the Wall of Fame
1000 books = A 1000 Books button, a new photo for the Wall of Fame, a free book and an invitation to our 1000 Books annual celebration
1000 Books Celebration
Participants who reach the 1000 Books milestone will receive an invitation to our annual 1000 Books Celebration. Check back for more information.

Reading Lists & Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take?

Reaching the goal of 1000 books could take just a few months or a few years. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

How many of my kids can participate?

All of them, provided they have not yet started kindergarten. Make it even more fun and read as a family!