1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Build Your Baby’s Brain

The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages reading to babies and young children. Research shows when parents talk, read, and sing with their babies and toddlers, connections are formed in their brains. These connections build language, literacy, and social-emotional skills at an important time in a young child’s development.

DeKalb County Public Library wants to support you in building your baby’s brain.

How does it work?

Registration for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is now available on Beanstack!

Sign up online here. If your child already has a Beanstack account, sign in, look for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge and get started. If you need help registering, call your local DeKalb County Public Library branch for assistance.

Track Your Reading– Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your Beanstack account. Readers will earn badges as they work towards reading 1000 books. Request a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten participation kit from any DeKalb County Public Library via our Contact-Free service. Each kit includes a reusable book bag, free starter book, reading log, and reading tips and recommendations. You can also print your family reading log by clicking here.

Read books—even the same book many times—each day with your child and record your progress in your Beanstack account or on the family reading log or with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app for iOS or Android devices. Let us know when your child has reached 250, 500, 750, and 1000 books here and we will celebrate your child on our Virtual Milestones Board shortly thereafter!.

Virtual Milestone Board

At the 1000 mark, call your local branch and schedule the pickup of the special gift via our Contact-Free service.


You can do it!

1 book a day for 3 years = 1095 books

3 books a day for 1 year = 1095 books

Look for storytime programs at your local branch. Books read at storytime programs count toward your goal of reading 1000 books!

DeKalb Library Foundation logo1000 Books Before Kindergarten is supported by the DeKalb Library Foundation.
If you would like to support this initiative, please click here.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a registered trademark of the 1000 Books Foundation.