1000 Books before Kindergarten

1000 Books before Kindergarten is a program that challenges you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school. Studies show that reading aloud to children helps them to develop important pre-reading skills. Sharing books every day helps develop a solid reading foundation – a key to school and learning success. Plus, reading together is fun! This programs end date is your child’s entrance into Kindergarten, so there is no need to rush! Enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your child. Talk about stories, share nursery rhymes, sing songs and attend library programs. By reading just 3 stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way!

Your child receives a small incentive at each 100 milestone. At 1000 books the child receives $50 and a trophy, has his/her name on our Star Wall of Fame, has his/her picture in the Depot Dispatch, if interested.

Three ways to get started:

  • Register at the library and we supply the forms for you to manually keep track of each book read.
  • Register on our Beanstack site at https://elkhartlakepubliclibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app for your app store
  • Register on the 1000 Book before Kindergarten app by downloading the app from your app store. Choose the one from the City of Waukesha.