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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power?


The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge – all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten. It is also a wonderful way to bond with your child.

Learning to read begins before your child starts school.  


Reading aloud every day is one of the best ways to help prepare your child for school.

If you read 3 books a day, you can read 1,095 books in a year!

 The Harris-Elmore Public Library & Genoa Branch Library 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success!


Any child (ages birth to five years) can participate. Just follow these steps:

REGISTER: Sign up online via the Beanstack app ---

or sign up with a librarian at the Front Desk

TRACK YOUR READING: There are many ways to keep track of the books you read. You can keep track online via Beanstack (use the sign up button above)  OR you can use a reading log sheet to write down each title you read (use the log links to the right)

EVERY BOOK COUNTS: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time.  You can also count the books your child hears at Story Time, in Day Care/Pre-School, or listening from a another family or friend.

MILESTONES: Each time you complete a milestone of 100 titles you will receive a sticker! See the Prize list to the right to see what your child gets after reading a certain amount of books 

KEEP ON READING: Don't stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together.  There's more learning ahead!

Ask a Librarian for more info!

Reading Resources
100 Titles:
Prize Box
250 Titles:
Tote Bag
500 Titles:
Choice of Book
1000 Titles:
1000 Books T-Shirt
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