Reading with your baby, toddler, or preschooler is one of the best ways to help them become a lifelong reader. Taking part in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages family bonding while your child develops the skills they'll need to succeed in school like building social and emotional skills, and sparking their creativity. Take that motivation, open one book, and get started.
Read 1000 books with your child before they start kindergarten.
That may seem like a big number, but you've got plenty of time. If you read one book each day with your child, that's 1095 books after three years. Reading three books each day will get you to 1095 books in only one year. (And yes, reading a favorite book over and over counts toward your goal!)
How to Take Part
To register for the program, create an account for your family on the library's Beanstack online resource. Be sure to add your child as a reader, and set their grade level to "Babies and Toddlers" or "Preschoolers." If you need help registering, visit Troy-Miami County Public Library, board the bookmobile, or visit the Oakes-Beitman Memorial LIbrary in Pleasant Hill.
- Go to Beanstack
Spend time reading with your child. Books your child reads with a family member, caregiver, teacher, or at library storytime!
If you need good books to read ask a librarian for books that match your child's age and interests.
Track Your Reading
Use your Beanstack account to log the books your family reads.
You can also record the books you read on a paper tracking sheet you can pick up at the library or download and print one HERE. Once your tracking sheet is full, bring it to your library.
Earn Badges & Prizes
Your child will earn an online badge in Beanstack every time they reach a milestone on the way to their 1000 books goal.
Each time your child reaches a hundred book milestone in their reading log, they'll earn a prize. After reading all 1000 books, they'll earn a prize pack and a certificate. Your family can pick up earned prizes from their library.
Who can participate?
- Any child aged 0-5 who is not yet in kindergarten with their family and caregivers, even newborns!
What books can we read?
- You can read any books your child is interested in, whether they come from the library or not.
My child likes to read the same book over and over, can I count it more than once?
- Children learn through repetition, so whether it’s the 1st time you’ve read the book or the 100th time you can count it!
- Enjoying the same book more than once allows your child to notice different things, make new connections, start recognizing sound patterns or unfamiliar words, or just reconnect with favorite characters.
My child is participating in a different reading challenge, do the books still count?
- Yes! Even if you’re logging the books for our Summer or Winter Reading Programs you can still count them towards your 1000 books challenge!
My child is starting Kindergarten in the next year, can we still participate?
- Yes! Depending on what month it is, you may need to read 3-7 books a day to complete the program on time. If your child doesn’t finish before Kindergarten, that’s ok!
How long is this going to take?
- This challenge is self-paced so it can go as fast or as slow as you need it to go. Remember, 1000 is just a number. The goal is to spend more time together reading.
We’re logging our books online, can we still go into the library to get a sticker?
- Yes! You can pull up Beanstack on your phone to show us the badge instead of bringing in a paper log