1,000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Birth - 6 years old (or until your child enters kindergarten)

Our goal is to encourage a simple, yet innovative approach to establish strong early literacy skills and to help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.

The process is EASY!

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program has been fully moved to our new Beanstack software!

Simply download the Beanstack app or go to frgml.beanstack.org to get started. If you already have an account created for Summer Reading, you just need to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!

The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten.  It sounds like a big number, but you'll get there faster than you'll believe!

  • Count every book the child reads.
  • Yes, even the ones that they read over and over and over again. Count each time you read that book!
  • Count every book they hear during Storytime (in person or online with us or with other storytellers)!
  • Count every book read at daycare or preschool!
  • Log the books in Beanstack!

Win Prizes!

Every time you log another 100 books, we will have a prize for you. Yes, for every 100 books your child earns a new prize or new book! Prizes can be picked up in person at the Ask Me Desk in Youth Services. If you submit books online, we will hold your prize for you until you are able to come in! And, when you finish all 1,000 Books you will receive an EXTRA SPECIAL surprise! Happy reading!

Suggested Book Lists

Books Children Should Hear Before Kindergarten


This program is generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. We make every effort to ensure our programs are accessible to all. Do you require special accommodations? Tell us how we can help you!