1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing early literacy initiative intended to encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud with their young children. To participate in the program, Dwight Foster Public Library patrons will aim to share at least 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten.

One thousand books is an attainable goal. By reading three books each day or 20 books each week, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in a single year. As they engage young children with books, parents and caregivers will help establish important pre-reading skills, better preparing their children to learn to read when they enter school. The library celebrates parents’ roles as their children’s first teachers!

How to participate in the program

  1. Go to the library’s Beanstack website or app.  Visit fortlibrary.beanstack.org or download the “Beanstack Tracker” app (by the developer Zoobean, Inc.).
  2. Sign in to your existing Beanstack account or create an individual or family account.
  3. Register your child for the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge.
  4. Log the number of books you read with your child to earn badges and prizes.  Participants will earn stickers after every 100 books, a book bag after 500 books, and a free book and a certificate after 1,000 books.

Special thanks to the Fort Atkinson Woman’s Club, the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library, and Modern Woodmen of America for their Financial Support!