1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Give your child a smart start!

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is simple: read 1000 books with your newborn, infant, toddler, or preschooler before they begin kindergarten – and they’ll benefit for years to come! 1000 Books makes it fun to build a daily habit of reading.

Free Online Workshops for Parents & Professionals

Igniting a love of reading and learning in young children can lead to powerful results in school and life. Join York County Libraries for a free 1000 Books before Kindergarten workshop series featuring acclaimed author Lindsay Barrett George, child development experts, and youth services librarians. Created for parents and professionals, this educational workshop series will provide tips and strategies for developing language skills, building resiliency, taking learning outdoors, and using play to increase knowledge.

Register here, and we will send you a private YouTube link to watch the workshops anytime between October 14 – November 30, 2021.

How do we get started?

  1. Register your child for their own library card
  2. Register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten on Beanstack
  3. Visit your local library to pick up your registration packet, have your child’s picture taken, and place it into their 1000 Book passport

That’s it! You’re ready to start your reading adventure together!

We’re registered and we have our passport, now what?

Get some books! We have some great recommendations here. Read with your child whenever and wherever you can.

Track your progress online in Beanstack. Need help? Click here

Try the Beanstack Mobile App!

Read your first 100 books, then come to the library for your first passport stamp and more! Return every hundred books for more passport stamps and special prizes at 500 and 1000 books.

Snap a picture with our achievement signs to share! Don’t forget to tag your posts with #1000booksB4K and #YorkLibraries!

Attend an annual countywide celebration ceremony to celebrate reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Why read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

You are your child’s first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn.

Did you know that in the first few years of life, your child builds more than 1 million new brain connections every second? 

Your baby’s brain is growing at an incredible rate! By reading aloud with your child, they:

  • Build vocabulary
  • Become familiar with rich language patterns
  • Identify reading as a pleasurable activity

(From Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child &; Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats)

But my baby is too young for this.

It is never too early to begin! You can start reading with your child from the day they are born until the day they begin kindergarten. Infants learn about language by listening to adults talk. By talking, reading stories and asking your baby lots of questions, you are building their vocabulary and letting them know that questions are invitations for a response.

How long will it take to read 1000 books?

  • If you read three books a day with your child, you’ll finish in just one year.
  • Read two books a day with your child, you’ll finish in two years.
  • Read one book a day with your child, you’ll finish in three years.

What counts?

Everything! Every book you read counts, every time your child hears it.

  • Multiple readings of the same book
  • eBooks, books on BookFLIX, and listening to audiobooks
  • Books read at any library Story Time

By reading aloud with young children, you give your child a smart start.