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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten--Reinvented!

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is getting a facelift! 

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? 

Early Literacy sets the stage for Academic Success. Reading aloud sparks creativity and imagination and is a wonderful way to bond with your child. Every time you read a book together, your child receives the gifts of language, vocabulary, and the necessary pre-reading skills for kindergarten. 

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program incentivizes reading together in 50 book increments, to help you prepare your child for a lifetime of reading.

How does it work?

We're launching a new reading challenge this month, with new incentives. Now, every child who reaches their 10 book goal will receive a Reading Buddy to join them in their big reading adventure. We'll hold quarterly special Story Timesfor our 1,000 Book kids, (and their reading buddies), so your child can celebrate their 1,000 book journey with other young readers. Along the way, your little reader will unlock treasure box prizes every 50 books, and at the end, a special t-shirt for them and their reading buddy, so everyone can see their big accomplishment.

How do I sign-up?

Go to to get started!

What if I'm already registered for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program? 

We've had the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program for many years--so if you are already working towards that goal, there's nothing you need to do now. We are creating a new challenge in Beanstack, and will automatically register you for that challenge, and have your reading data transferred over so you don't lose your place.

Can I get a Reading Buddy if I'm already half-way through the program?

Yes! While you won't receive duplicates of all the treasure box prizes you've unlocked along the way, you will be notified that you've unlocked the Reading Buddy prize once we've transferred your old reading data over to the new challenge. This is a new feature of the program, and we hope an exciting one, that will help encourage you and your child to push through to the very end of the program. 

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