By creating an account in Beanstack, your children can record their reading and activities, track progress, and earn digital badges and other prizes. This is the best way to participate in all the challenges! Everyone in your family can have an account.
Baby Book Bees
Sponsored by the Lawrence Family, Baby Book Bees is our latest initiative meant to encourage parents to start reading to their children from day one. Even though babies can’t read yet, their brains are constantly absorbing new information through what they see and hear. By reading to your baby, you are exposing them to new words every day.
There are many ways for a baby to interact with a book, all of which are beneficial . . . looking at the pictures, grasping the book in their hands, turning the pages - even putting the book in their mouth! These are all ways for babies to learn what books are, how they work, and to develop positive associations with reading.
Baby Book Bees is the first step in your child’s journey to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. If that sounds like a lot, let’s break it down. If you read just one book a day, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 in three years. By the time your children reach kindergarten, they will have established strong early literacy skills.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is funded in part by the Darien Rotary Club. We encourage all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten to help ensure their child has the necessary early literacy skills to succeed.
Caudill, Bluestem, and Monarch Challenges
Keep your children's learning going just by reading!
The Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem, and Monarch award books are designed to promote life-long readers, and each challenge is tailored for specific grade levels. We have challenges designed around the award books, and kids can earn a certificate and a free book just for reading!
Which challenge is right for your child?
Rebecca Caudill books are for grades 4-8.
Bluestem books are designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles.
The Monarch encourages children grades K-3 to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors, and illustrators.
To get started, download and print the form at home . . . and start reading. Read the books digitally though eMediaLibrary/Libby/Overdrive with your IPPL card.
Debuting this September is our new Pet Reading Challenge where you earn digital badges and prizes for reading to your pet. It doesn't matter if your pet has feathers, scales, or fur- just read.
Pet Reading Challenge
- For ages 0 to 18
- September 1- December 31
- Read out loud to your pet. Log your books on Beanstack. Win a new book!