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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading is the single most important activity you can share with your child to prepare your child to learn to read when they begin kindergarten. For children not yet in Kindergarten, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten® promotes the importance of reading to children from birth. Families joining this reading challenge pledge to read 1000 books to their child before the first day of kindergarten. Along the way to 1000 books, small prizes are awarded, with a very special prize at 1000 Books.

Other family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brothers and sisters, and caregivers can join in the fun of reading. Reading together not only promotes reading readiness but instills a love of reading. And, anyone can participate no matter where you live. A library card is not necessary but a library card makes it easy to borrow fun, enjoyable books. With a library card, families gain access to thousands and thousands of books through our library system. Valid public library cards from any public library in Illinois can be used at the Peru Library.

Getting started with our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten® is easy. There are two ways to participate.

  • After registering at the library, families keep track of books read by using a paper log. Every time a book is read or reread, simply cross through or color the appropriate amount of circles. After completing 100 books, pick up another log at the library. The library also accepts logs from other organizations, so a child may sign up for more than one 1000 Books sponsoring site making it even more fun to participate.


  • Families may participate online. Simply go to or download the Beanstack app on your mobile device choosing Peru Public Library. Follow the prompts to create your child’s account. Once the account is created, you will see the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten® reading challenge. Click on the reading challenge to begin. All reading is logged virtually by logging into your child’s account via a computer or the mobile app. Simply log the number of books read at any given time. Up to five books can be logged at one time. Recording book titles are optional. Virtual badges are awarded along the way. Every Monday, a librarian reviews the online accounts for any prizes earned which families can pick up at the library.

With this pledge to read 1000 books, not only are you helping your child prepare to learn to read, but you are setting your child up for success in so many different ways. Books bring joy to children and are useful tools for helping children develop a sense of self-worth and confidence. Stories help children learn positive ways to identify and appropriately express emotions of happiness, sadness, fear, anxiety, grief, anger, and frustration. Books help teach children such things as manners and kindergarten readiness concepts such as letter, number and color recognition, counting, patterns, opposites, and directions. Through stories, children learn about kindness, empathy, and diversity. Beyond stories, non-fiction books introduce engaging factual information about animals, community helpers, weather, seasons, and so much more. Through books, children discover their interests and passions that open the door to lifelong learning and success.

Stop by Youth Services at the Peru Library to learn more about all the resources available to families and children. Ms. Lynn and Ms. Meridith are looking forward to meeting you and your family.