Help your child get ready to read by joining the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!

The rules of the challenge are simple: just read a book — any book — to your child, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before they enter kindergarten. Getting through 1,000 books may sound like a tall order, but it’s actually more doable than it first appears. Reading just one book a night, you could finish the challenge in under three years — and even accounting for a night off here and there, there’s still plenty of time to get the challenge done before kindergarten begins.

How will it help?

Reading to your child increases their vocabulary and knowledge of the world, which are critical components of reading success. It also helps build a lifelong love of books and learning, and is a great way to spend quality time with your child.

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How does it work?

Use the link above to register through Beanstack. Use the desktop or the mobile Beanstack app to log each book. Every book counts, every time you read it. Storytime books count too! If you need help getting started,  contact the Youth Services department at 757.741.3300, option 4, chat with us through IM, or email us through the “Contact Us” feature in Beanstack.

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We offer rewards throughout the challenge to help celebrate your progress:

This month’s featured booklist:

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Need more book suggestions? Browse through the lists below for ideas.

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