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Your child's reading journey begins with Beanstack. Register now to join the Books Before School program.

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.

Regularly reading to your child has many benefits including:

  • stronger parent and child bonds,
  • a love of language and books,
  • school success,
  • increased vocabulary,
  • greater general knowledge,
  • a positive attitude to reading and learning.

The Library's Books Before School program aims to encourage and support parents to read regularly with their child. By reading just four books a week from birth children will have read 1,000 books before school.

How it works

  1. Register your child on Beanstack .
  2. Track your reading to your child in the Beanstack app. All books count: library books, books read at home, playgroup, childcare, eBooks. Whenever your child hears a book it counts! Borrowbox, Overdrive and Story Box Library on the library’s website are a great source of stories to share with your child.
  3. Receive Beanstack rewards as you reach reading milestones.
  4. The program finishes when your child starts school or reads 1,000 books, whichever comes first, then collect your Books Before School certificate and a free book to keep from the library.