1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Thomas County Public Library System is pleased to offer an easy, fun, and free program that puts children on the path to success. And yes, you can read 1,000 books. If you read just three books a day, you'll reach your goal within one year. But even if you read just one book per day, you’ll reach the goal of 1,000 books in three years. The concept is simple, but the rewards are priceless!

Research shows that sharing books, conversations, and songs with young children builds language skills. This type of sharing contributes to children’s healthy development, provides skills for success in school, and helps ensure that they will learn to love reading.

So, how do you get started?

Register on the Library’s Beanstack and accept the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge.  Any time your child reads a book – or you read a book to them – mark it on your Beanstack Challenge.  We encourage reading the same book several times – and each reading counts.  When you have read 200, 400, 600, and 800 books, bring your reading log in for a prize.  Once you have read 1,000 books, bring your completed Beanstack Challenge in a final time to get your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten certificate!

Tips for Success

Keep books throughout the home, the car, or the diaper bag.

  • By creating a book-rich environment, children will have easy access and more opportunities to read or listen to books.

Talk about the pictures in the book.

  • When you’re done reading the text, you can also discuss the colors, shapes, and actions in the pictures or photos.

Attend a Storytime at your library.

  • Anyone can read to a child. Check out the Storytime schedule at the library.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can participate in this program?  Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten can participate.
  • How long will the program take?  The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.
  • How many of my children can participate?  All of them, if they haven't started Kindergarten!
  • Do I need to have a Library Card?  Nope! Anyone can sign up.

Do you have more questions or want to sign up? Call (229) 225-5252 or visit your local TCPLS Library.

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