1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Raise a Great Reader!

Did you know that children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school? Reading aloud to infants and children encourages social, emotional, and cognitive development. Plus, children who are regularly read to have bigger vocabularies when they enter school.

East Providence Public Library challenges you to read 1,000 books with your child before starting kindergarten. Reading 1,000 books is easier than you think!

  • 3 books a day for one year = 1,095 books

  • 1 book a day for three years = 1,095 books

How to participate in this challenge:


  • Visit one of our three locations to sign up and receive a tracking sheet.

  • AND/OR register on our Beanstack app or website at this link.


  • Use a tracking sheet or Beanstack app to record each book you read with your child.


  • Each time you read 100 books, come to the library with your tracking sheet or show a librarian your Beanstack badge to receive a FREE book and sticker!


  • If your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time! Why? Because this program isn’t about individual titles—it’s about the habit of reading! Plus, young children learn by repetition. Reading the same book improves comprehension and builds vocabulary.

  • Also count the books your child hears in storytime, daycare, or preschool, or with a friend or family member.

5.) 1,000 BOOKS

  • You did it! Come celebrate at the library.

  • Receive a completion certificate, and (optionally) take a picture to go on our 1,000 Book Wall of Fame and library social media pages.

  • Get your final sticker, free book, and a special bag to show that you read 1,000 books before kindergarten!


Ways to share a book:



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