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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Wichita Public Library mascot Webster the Owl as a baby next to the words 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Take on Wichita's reading challenge to grow your child's early literacy skills. Studies show that reading regularly with your young child stimulates brain development and strengthens a parent's relationship with their child.

How can I possibly read 1000 books?!

A newborn baby has about 2000 days until the first day of kindergarten. But it doesn't have to take 5 years. If you read 3 books each night, you'll be able to read 1000 books IN LESS THAN A YEAR!

Your child will be rewarded for reading!

Read your first 100 books and you win a book bag! Then you will continue to claim fun rewards along the way. Come back to the Library after completing 300, 500, 700, and 1000 books to win more fun prizes.

Who can participate?

Any child age 6 and under who isn't in kindergarten can join the 1000 Books challenge.

How do I get started?

Track your child's reading progress using our new reading program site, Beanstack. Register yourself and your child for the website by filling out some basic information, and then you can sign up for Wichita Public Library programs including 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

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Mobile App

Download the free Beanstack app to track your child's progress from your Apple or Android mobile device.

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Supported by Impact Literacy, a strategic initiative of the Wichita Community Foundation.
Learn more about Impact Literacy's efforts in the community.

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