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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for parents and caregivers to complete with their children from ages birth to kindergarten. Reading out loud with your child helps them develop important early literacy skills—such as speaking, listening and communicating—before they start kindergarten. It’s never too early to read out loud to your child! There is no minimum age requirement for this program. The more words your child hears and the more stories they are exposed to, the better they can understand the world around them.

*Be sure to begin tracking your reading as soon as you sign up.

How to Participate:

Click HERE to register an account with Beanstack. You can access Beanstack through our website or by downloading the APP.
Log in and record all the books you read with your little one. For every 100 books read, your child will earn a free book and a digital sticker.
*PLUS, during the months of June and July, earn a bonus Rubber Ducky when you stop by to collect your free book. When you reach 1,000 books, you will have earned 10 free books and an adorable tote bag!
You must visit the North Haven Library to collect your prizes.

Tips for Reading Out Loud with Your Child:

  1. Make reading time part of your child’s routine. Try reading a book in the morning when your child wakes up, after lunchtime, before naptime or before bedtime—see what works best for your child.

  2. Make reading time exciting. Read using different voices for different characters or pick books with simple songs and rhymes.

  3. Make reading time interesting. Let your child pick out the books they want you to read out loud to them based on their interests or pictures that they like on the cover of a book.

  4. Make reading time comforting. Children love hearing the same books over and over again. It’s okay to read the same book multiple times!

  5. Make reading time interactive. As your child gets older, ask them questions about what’s happening in the pictures on each page or what they think might happen next.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Do I have to read for a certain amount of time? No. The goal is to count the number of books read, not the amount of time it takes to read them.

Do I have to read every day? You do not have to read every day. Although, we think it is a great idea if you do! 

Do I have to read Library Books? No. Any book counts! This includes eBooks and audiobooks. We also count books read at library storytimes or at school. You can even count the same book read multiple times.

When can I collect my prizes? Be sure to begin tracking your reading as soon as you sign up. You can redeem your free book any time after you've earned it. Just visit the Children's Department and let us know. We will show you the magic key to unlock our Tiny Book Barn and you can choose your book!

What happens if I lose my Beanstack login? Please contact the Children's Department at 203-239-5803

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