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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program sponsored by many libraries in Wisconsin and beyond.  It highlights the importance and the delight in reading with young children by encouraging families to read 1000 books together before a child enters Kindergarten.  This might seem like a daunting goal, but reading three books a day for a year or one book a day for three years both result in more than 1000 books read.  The benefits of reading with young children to their social-emotional and language development are clear.  Libraries can provide a fun way for families to keep track of this by launching a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.  Here are some resources to help.

Beanstack

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack Templates are a great online option for participants.  Templates are easy to customize to your program, and there are several experts in the IFLS area who can help you get started if this sounds like a good plan but you don’t know where to start.  If you have not created a Beanstack challenge in the past and need to get set up, contact Leah.  Wisconsin has a state contract with Beanstack until at least 2023, and it looks promising that this will continue.
  • If you used the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App (sunsetting in December 2021) or if you are transitioning people from participating on paper, here are video instructions for bulk adding books into Beanstack.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Webinars