1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a fantastic, lifelong journey with your child.

Together you will read 1,000 books before kindergarten. By committing to this journey, you will help your child gain pre-literacy skills that will prepare them for reading throughout their life. Read more about this national program.

Note to current WPL 1000 Books participants:

We are updating how you track your child's reading progress towards 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! We hope using Beanstack for online tracking and having a simpler reading log will improve your experience. Library staff can help you easily import your progress into Beanstack. Read more about using Beanstack below.

Here's how it works:

  • Sign up for a Beanstack account with Westminster Public Library and enroll your child in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. A Beanstack Tracker app is also available for iOS and Android.
  • Beginning April 27, 2024, come to the Children's Desk at either library to receive your Welcome Packet and first reading log.
  • As you read, fill in a circle on the reading log for each book you read together.
  • Track books on Beanstack in whichever way works best for you:
      a. Enter the book title manually online or through the app if you would like to keep a record of the books you read. Using the app, you can also simply scan the book’s ISBN.
      b. Enter all 100 books at once when you complete a reading log. Simply ignore the Title/Author and enter that you read a book 100 times.
      c. Bring your completed reading log to the library and have staff update your Beanstack account for you
  • Each time you finish 100 books, come in to the library for your next reading log and receive a sticker to track your progress.
  • When you complete all ten reading logs and reach 1,000 books, come to the Children's Desk and tell us that you finished 1000 Books Before Kindergarten—we have a special gift from the library for your child!

Updated: 04/24