Fletcher Free Library is proud to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. This nationwide initiative encourages reading to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to foster a love of books and prepare them for school.

How Does It Work?

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Fletcher Free Library is powered by Beanstack!
  • Register your child through Beanstack to track progress via the Beanstack app (iOS) or the web.
    • If you'd prefer to track on paper, please register here for a paper reading log book. You can also print the log sheets at home (pdf).
  • Read a book (any book!) to your child. Fletcher Free Library offers curated 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Book Bags which you may borrow. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That’s 730 books in two years, and 1095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think!
  • Get social! Share your 1000 Books journey on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FFL1000Books.

What Do I Do?

  • Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding--and it’s fun!
  • Every time you read a book with your child, help your child color in a book on their log sheet.
  • Optional: keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child.  Convenient “Books I’ve Read” log sheets are included in the reading log book.
  • If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of any book that is being read to your child. This includes books read by teachers, caregivers and siblings.
  • Bring your child to the library with their reading log book at each milestone (after every 50 books) for a special achievement sticker.

Do I Have to Read 1000 Different Books?

  • No! In fact, children benefit from hearing a book over and over again. But if you need some variety, ask your librarian for recommendations.


  • Feel free to call or visit the Fletcher Free Library for book suggestions and a library card: 802.865.7216.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten Downloadable Materials:


"Books I've Read" Log Sheet (pdf)

Numbered Log Sheets


1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Fletcher Free Library is made possible through support from Vermont Community Foundation's Spark! Grant.