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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Learning to read begins long before a child starts Kindergarten. Reading to your children is the best way to prepare them for Kindergarten! Any child from birth to entering Kindergarten can participate in this self-paced early literacy program at KPL.


The goal is to share 1,000 books together during these early childhood years.

Sharing a book can include singing a book together, talking about the pictures together, reading it cover to cover, or any other way that works for you and your child.

Let’s Get Started!

  1. Sign up at any library location and receive your first 1,000 Books reading log. If you prefer, you can use your Beanstack account to record your books online (sign-up for here if you do not already have a Beanstack account). Or, you can download the 1000 Books App through your device app store.
  2. Record each book that you share together on the log. Repetition is great for learning so feel free to record the same books again and again. Don't forget to include the books you hear at library storytimes.
  3. When you complete a log of 100 books, come to any KPL location for a small prize. Keep repeating this process.
  4. When you reach 500 books, you are half-way there. Come to any KPL location and pick up a free book prize as a special reward.
  5. Once you log 1,000 books read, you complete the program! Come to any KPL location to receive a special grand prize and a certificate for completing the program.


1. 1,000 Books sounds like a lot. Can we really do it?

Yes, 1,000 books does sound like a lot and that’s why it’s a great goal to have. It’s good to remember that reading just a few books at a time over the 5 years from birth to Kindergarten will get you to that goal. If you read just 10 books each week for 2 years, you’d have read 1,040 books!

2. My child is already four years old. How can he/she still participate?

A child can start the program at any time between birth and starting Kindergarten. We will give your child a modified goal based on the age of the child when beginning the program. For example: a four year old should read 250 books in the year before Kindergarten. Of course you can still read to 1,000 books (or more!) if you’d like to!

3. Grandma, babysitter, etc., reads to my child. Does that still count?

Yes. The books shared between any caregiver and the child are what counts here. And when children are ready to read on their own, those books count too!

4. Does digital content (Tumblebooks, book apps or ebooks) count?

Yes, digital stories can be counted in the reading log. Some digital content is more of an activity or a game, rather than a story to be read. Activities and games are fun, but fall outside of the goals of this project.

5. My child doesn’t always listen to the whole book. Can I still count it?

Yes, of course. This is meant to be a fun project. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have varying attention spans and not all books will interest all readers. Sharing books together in the early years is about connection, book awareness, vocabulary, and play. It’s ok to just talk about the pictures or move on before you get to the end of the book. Just be sure to share those books with your child, whichever way works for both of you. Check out WEBSITE for more tips on reading with your early learner and on selecting books for your young child.

6. My child likes to move. He/she won’t sit still for a book.

This is, of course, totally normal. Young children like to explore and play. Reading aloud while they are playing nearby still builds their literacy and vocabulary skills as they hear new words said aloud. Singing a book can also be a great way to engage a young mover in a book.