1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brainpower? 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.

Ottawa Library’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 from birth to the start of Kindergarten can participate.

Just follow these steps:

Sign up your child through Beanstack, our online challenge tracking platform. https://ottawalibrary.beanstack.org

Track your child's progress and accomplishments within your Beanstack account.

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 that your child hears in storytime, at daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, that are read in their entirety.

Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a special reward.


Track Your Reading

Every Book Counts

100-Book Milestones

1,000 Books

You did it! Come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame, and receive a free book.

Keep 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 children are all great ways to build their literacy skills. Visit Ottawa Library often for free children’s programs that are fun and educational 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 will reach 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.


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