For Parents

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

08/25/2021 | Reading Ready, Programs & Events

Father and Daughter Reading Photo

“Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

~American Academy of Pediatrics

Substantial research indicates that the more children are read to during their early years, the more prepared they will be to read when entering kindergarten. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help you reach that goal!

You can do it!

How to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:

  • Register at any IndyPL location or on the Beanstack app.
  • Record your reading on a paper tracking sheet or online in Beanstack.
  • Books can be from your home or the Public Library and can be read repeatedly. If you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar five times, that counts for 5 books!
  • After completing the first 100 books, return to the Library to receive a progress sticker.
  • Child care centers and preschool programs are invited to join as well. Teachers can keep track of reading and receive prizes for their classroom.
  • Prizes will be awarded for levels of 100, 500 and 1,000 books read.

To make this even easier, check out a Bunny Book Bag already full of picture books OR a Baby Bunny Book Bag full of board books.

You can listen to stories together at IndyPL Online Storytime or attend one of our virtual story times this month or next month.

You can also check out e-book picture books and read alongs from home using your IndyPL Library Card. Choose from our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten e-book collections in both OverDrive and Axis 360. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive or Axis 360 before directions are available:

For more information about IndyPL's early learning programs, or if you need more help, call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

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Pride Puppy!

Stevenson, Robin

Parade through the alphabet with a celebration of Pride! Join a family of four and their pet dog on a Pride festival adventure. I love how the story of their day proceeds playfully from A to Z and the joyful illustrations include a whole alphabetical word search.

This Is Not That Kind of Book

Healy, Christopher

A is for Awww, this isn't an alphabet book? Join the letter A and an adorable apple on an adventure to discover exactly what kind of book is this anyway?! Fans of fairy tales, robots, pirates, knock-knock jokes, or curmudgeonly hedgehogs will get a kick out this wacky cast of characters.

B Is for Baby


This book is full of surprises! What looks at first glance like a basic alphabet list turns out to tell a charming story in pictures, brought to you by the letter B. Tag along with Baby (who tags along with Brother) on a delightful trip to Baba's house across the expanding landscape of a beautiful West African countryside. Just one letter of the alphabet can lead you on quite a journey.