1000 Books Before Kindergarten logo featuring cartoon owl reading a book

You are your little one’s first teacher. Starting early with literacy — before kindergarten — is key to a child’s success when they begin school. The Sharon Public Library is here to support you and your little ones as you begin your journey toward reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

How to Participate

Visit Beanstack to register. This is where you will log the books you and your little one read. If you want, you can visit the library to pick up paper tracking logs (or print them yourself) so that your little one can join you in tracking progress.

Each time you reach 100 books, visit the Children’s Room to show off your progress and receive a prize.


While the real prize is a life long love of reading, we also have special small gifts for little ones! At each 100 book milestone visit Miss Rachael for a reward for your hard work! By 1,000 books you will have everything you need for an at home story time and a tote bag to store it in. 

Tote bag with prizes coming out 100 Books - Bookmark

200 Books - Stickers

300 Books - Bubbles

400 Books - Scarf

500 Books - Book and Certificate! 

600 Books - Shaky Egg

700 Books - Finger Puppet

800 Books - Crayons and Notebook 

900 Books - Play Dough

1,000 Books- Book, Tote Bag, and Certificate!

Rewards are Forever!

Reading aloud builds vocabulary and listening skills, important stepping stones in early literacy
Reading aloud surrounds little ones with rich language that develops oral language skills
Reading exposes little ones to new experiences and helps them empathize with the world around them
Reading with your little one brings you closer together and creates memorable bonding moments.
Reading aloud models the importance of reading and shows little ones that reading is fun! 

It’s More Than Just Reading
Every Child Ready to Read, an initiative from the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, identifies 5 key practices to develop early literacy skills: talk, sing, read, write, and play. Library programs will focus on bringing these key practices to the forefront, as well as demonstrating ways to involve them daily in the lives of little ones. After you register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, you’ll receive a monthly (at least!) newsletter highlighting great books and activities to facilitate these practices and your reading journey. You’ll be able to track these activities on Beanstack as well.

Animals reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing