Participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with Bentonville Public Library

is simple and accessible!

Families can register their children at Bentonville Public Library. 


The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless! Read 1,000 books to your child before he or she enters kindergarten. It may sound daunting, but think of it this way:

  • If you read 1 book each day, you'll finish the program in 3 years.
  • If you read 3 books each day, you'll finish the program in 1 year.

Reading together forms strong bonds between child and caregiver. It also increases vocabulary, encourages imagination, builds listening and communication skills, and helps children learn about the world around them. Establishing a reading routine at a young age could inspire a love of books that lasts a lifetime - so let's get started!

How to participate:

  • On your reading log, mark off one circle for each book you and your child read together.
  • When your log is complete, bring it to the library for a milestone keepsake and your next log.
  • If you prefer to record your books digitally, download the free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app.


  • Your child will earn a milestone “brag tag” for every 100 books read.
  • At 1,000 books, your child will receive a free book and an invitation to an annual celebration for that year’s finishers. Your child will also be recognized with his or her name inside a new library book for all to see! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I start tracking the books my child and I read together?

You can start tracking books the day you register for the program!


How long do we have to finish the program?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is self-paced and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete. There’s no deadline as long as you finish before your child enters kindergarten.


Can my child complete the program more than once?

Yes, children are welcome to complete the program up to one time each year until they enter kindergarten.


What books count toward the program?

Each and every book you read to your child counts - including ebooks and audiobooks! You can also include books read by teachers, librarians, and other caregivers. Does your child like to listen to the same book over and over again? You can log that book each time you read it!


Can we read books in languages other than English?

Absolutely! We encourage caregivers to read in any language they prefer.


Do you have a reading program for school age children too?

Yes, children who have already started school are encouraged to participate in the Ethan Putt Pledge. To learn more about this program, please visit the library.

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