1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for parents and caregivers to complete with their children from ages birth to 5. Reading out loud with your child helps them develop important early literacy skills—such as speaking, listening and communicating—before they start kindergarten. It’s never too early to read out loud to your child! There is no minimum age requirement for this program. The more words your child hears and the more stories they are exposed to, the better they can understand the world around them.
How to Participate
Follow the steps below to participate.
Choose how you want to keep track of the books you are reading with your child.
1. Beanstack's Interactive Online Reading Log—Register with Beanstack to track your activity online or through the app on your phone.
2. Complete a Paper Reading Log—Download and print the reading log (PDF) or pick up a copy at any branch.
Collecting prizes for hitting milestones. Just bring your paper log to the library, or provide your name if you have been playing on Beanstack. For every 100 books you read, come to the library for a special sticker! When you get to 1,000 books, come to the library for a special completion prize!
Tips for Reading Out Loud with Your Children
Tips for reading out loud with your child include:
- Make reading time part of your child’s routine. Try reading a book in the morning when your child wakes up, after lunchtime, before naptime or before bedtime—see what works best for your child.
- Make reading time exciting. Read using different voices for different characters or pick books with simple songs and rhymes.
- Make reading time interesting. Let your child pick out the books they want you to read out loud to them based on their interests or pictures that they like on the cover of a book.
- Make reading time comforting. Children love hearing the same books over and over again. It’s okay to read the same book multiple times!
- Make reading time interactive. As your child gets older, ask them questions about what’s happening in the pictures on each page or what they think might happen next.
View the following titles in the catalog that you can pick up curbside:
Story Time is a great way for your child to hear librarians read books out loud to them, as well as engage in other early literacy activities, such as songs, rhymes and movement. Each book a librarian reads during story time can count towards the program. Register for a virtual Story Time event, presented through Zoom:
|Story Time Type||Intended Age Group||Day and Time|
Family—Stories for the whole family to enjoy together.
|Mondays at 7 p.m.|
Preschool—Focuses on kindergarten readiness and early literacy skills.
2 to 5
|Fridays at 10 a.m.|
Anti-Racism—Introduces anti-racism topics in a kid-friendly way.
|Second and fourth Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.|
Spanish Bilingual—Stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish.
2 to 5 (all welcome
|Third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.|
French Bilingual—Stories, songs and rhymes in English and French.
2 to 5 (all welcome)
|Select days. Search for upcoming events.|