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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

One thousand books? That seems like way too many, right? Not at all. You got this. It doesn't matter if your child is three, or just three months - there's no better time to start than now! 

Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, promotes bonding, and helps kids do well overall in school. Take that motivation, open one book, and get started. And remember, 1,000 is just a number. The goal is to work reading aloud into your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest.

How long will it take to reach 1,000 books? If you read one book a day for a year, that's 365 books. Three books a day for a year puts you at 1,095! And you are not limited to just one year, you can work on the program up until your child enters kindergarten.

How Do I Participate?

Sign up for the program through beanstack to record the books that you read together. For every 100 books you read, you can come to the Children's Room to pick up a prize! Children who complete the challenge will recieve a certificate of achievement.

Check out this tutorial on signing up and logging books on beanstack's mobile app:


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?

Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten can participate in the challenge.

Do repeated books count?

Yes! Repeating books is expected for children this age, and helps them develop language.

Do books read at story times or by other caregivers count?

Absolutely. Any time your child is read to is a step in the journey.

How many of my children can participate?

As many as are eligible!