Read 1,000 books to your child before they start Kindergarten.
The program is simple and the rewards are priceless:

  • Develop a child’s love of reading at a young age.
  • Bond with a child as you read together.
  • Teach a child about the library and the joy of books.
  • Prepare a child for one of life’s biggest milestones: learning to read!

You (or anyone in your family) can read any book and yes, you can repeat favorite books. It sounds like a lot, but if you read just 1 book a day for 3 years, you’ll have read 1,095 books. If you read 3 books a day for 1 year, you’ll have read 1,095 books. Complete the program on your own time; just make sure you're finished before your child enters kindergarten.

Studies have shown that children who are read to improve their vocabulary, listening and language skills, and have increased attention spans. These are all essential tools when learning how to read. Learn 4 more ways 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten will benefit your child.

How it works

  • Sign up on the free Beanstack app or website and your local library will gift you a free book and book bag to get you started! 
  • Each time you read 100 books with your child, stop by your local branch to pick up a button and a free book, along with a few special prizes throughout the program.
  • Collect all 10 buttons to "graduate!" and your child will receive a certificate and special prize.


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1. On your smartphone, download our free Beanstack Tracker app. Select Yup! Search for Summit County Public Library and follow prompts or 

2. On your computer, register online at https://summitcountylibraries.beanstack.org/reader365 Select 'I am an adult registering a child'

3. Or register in-person at your local SCL Branch. Your local library will gift you a free book and book bag to get you started.

4. Don't have a way to register online? Not to worry, we have paper logs you can use instead. 

5. Each time you read a book with your child, log the book on Beanstack. Beanstack will notify you when you have completed your first 100 books. Stop by the library to pick up your child's prize! 

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Any books read to a child in any language count towards the 1,000 books goal. Put reading first, with 20 minutes a day spent reading to your children.  Make it fun and exciting. Be imaginative.

Want a few recommendations to get started? Check out these booklists and resources from our friends at Denver Public Library:

1000 Books is the perfect challenge from home or while traveling

  • Do you re-read books on your shelf? Each time you read it, count it.
  • Are you a storytime regular? They count. Find a virtual storytime to watch on our YouTube Channel or come to the library for weekly preschool storytime.
  • Tired of reading the books in your home? Ask a librarian to pick you out a handful on any topic. We are happy to help!
  • Or let BookFlix do the work with their online collection of FREE, unlimited animated e-books for children.

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When your child finishes reading 1,000 books, submit a picture of them holding their certificate to 1000books@summitcountyco.gov. We'll feature it here!

Call your local library or email 1000books@summitcountyco.gov 

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