Ready to Read & Ready to Learn

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless!

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library participates in the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Reading aloud helps strengthen early literacy skills, which helps prepare children to be ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Studies have also shown that children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school.

How to Participate

Any child from birth until when he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Reading can be logged with Beanstack, our convenient online option, or use paper forms.

Online With Beanstack

It is free to create a personal account in Beanstack to record reading activities and track progress. Then, just stop in at any W-TCPL location to collect your prizes!

Simply visit WTCPL.BEANSTACK.ORG to get started or download the free Beanstack Tracker app.

Paper Forms

Parents or other caregivers can stop by the Children’s Department of any Warren-Trumbull County Public Library location and pick up a Reading Log sheet and folder or print out the information below to get started.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Info Sheet

Reading Log 1 – 100

Parents will use Reading Log sheets to keep track of the titles of books that they read with their child. The books read don’t have to be from the library, although that’s a great place to get a variety to share with your child. Books can also be read more than once. Repetition is a great way to build language and literacy skills, and young children LOVE to read the same book over and over and over again.

Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten


After reaching reading milestones for each 100 books read, children in the program can bring in their Reading Logs and receive small prizes including stickers and temporary tattoos.

Once a child has read 1,000 books, he or she will receive a special book tote. In addition, to celebrate this accomplishment with other readers, a commemorative book plate with the child’s name will be placed in a new book at the child’s local W-TCPL location.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation.

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