1,000 Books before Kindergarten Online Challenge

1000 books before kindergarten sponsored by the Friends of the PCDL


Register, Read and Reach the Goal
The Putnam County District Library 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.

Register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program online or log into your account at  https://mypcdl.beanstack.org and the website helps you track the books. Reading on the go? Download the free Beanstack Tracker app. It is easy to use, has an ISBN scan feature, and you can manage all the readers in your family in one account. Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Any time your child reads a book – or you read a book to them – mark it in the online log. We encourage reading the same book several times – and each reading of the book counts. If you read “Where is Green Sheep” four times, log that as four books.

A Librarian’s Tips for Sharing Books with Pre-Schoolers
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 talk about the colors, shapes and action in the pictures or photos

Attend a storytime at your library

    Anyone can read to a child. Check out the story time schedule.

The Importance of Reading Early and Often
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 to succeed in school and helps assure that they will learn to love reading.

    20 Ways to Raise a Book-smart Baby - English
    20 Ways to Raise a Book-smart Baby - Spanish
    Book List for 0–24 Month-olds
    Book List for 2–3 Year-olds
    Book List for 4–5 Year-olds
    Coloring Pages