1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The Scott County Library System is excited to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative to get parents and young children reading!

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building   background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

Scott County Library System’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:

  • Register: Sign up at your branch of the SCLS or online at scottcountylibrary.beanstack.org. Pick up reading logs at the library, print them from our website, or track your reading online. Have you participated in the Summer Reading Program? You may already have a beanstack account!


  • Track Your Reading: Fill in a circle for each book you read with your child on your reading record or record books through the online Beanstack system.


  • Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in story time, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.


  • 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to an SCLS branch to receive a small prize.


  • 1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library and receive a free book.


  • Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit the Scott County Libraries often for free programs that are fun and educational for your little one and to find great books to share with your child.

One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years. If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we’re here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Happy Reading!