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.
- 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.
"Books I've Read" Log Sheet (pdf)
Numbered Log Sheets
- 1-50 (pdf), 51-100 (pdf)
- 101-150 (pdf), 151-200 (pdf)
- 201-250 (pdf), 251-300 (pdf)
- 301-350 (pdf), 351-400 (pdf)
- 401-450 (pdf), 451-500 (pdf)
- 501-550 (pdf), 551-600 (pdf)
- 601-650 (pdf), 651-700 (pdf)
- 701-750 (pdf), 751-800 (pdf)
- 801-850 (pdf), 851-900 (pdf)
- 901-950 (pdf), 951-1000 (pdf)
1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Fletcher Free Library is made possible through support from Vermont Community Foundation's Spark! Grant.