Frequently Asked Questions about the 1000 Books before Kindergarten App

Do I need to visit my library to use the 1000 Books before Kindergarten app?

You do not need to visit the public library in order to use the 1000 Books app, but we encourage you to! Some public libraries offer a 1000 Books before Kindergarten program where caregivers and children record the books read on paper logs. We encourage you to check with your local library to see if they offer a 1000 Books before Kindergarten program and share with them that you are recording digitally via the app.

Can I start using the app even though I’ve started recording titles on a paper log through an established library program?

You are welcome to use the app to continue recording the books on your 1000 Books journey. You may want to check with your library to ensure any rewards can be redeemed if you choose to track via the mobile app. We can help your librarian override the books already read. Have him/her send us an email at

Can I use the mobile app for 1000 Books without an internet connection?

The 1000 Books app does require an internet connection in order to search the online catalog of books or to view your child’s reading log.

Can I email myself a copy of my child’s reading record?

Yes, using the email address you registered with, your child’s reading record can be emailed to you.

Can I upload my child’s photo to their profile? 

Yes, when you first register to use the app, you can select either a default photo of an owl, our reading helper, or you can upload a photo of your child from your phone or tablet’s camera roll. Simply press and hold your child’s icon and select “change photo.”

Where is the data stored? Is it safe?

The books you record for each child is stored in secure cloud storage at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If you uploaded an image of your child, the image is stored locally on your phone or your phone’s cloud storage.

How do I retrieve my child’s reading record if I can’t see it in the app when I’m logged in?

Try closing out the app completely and opening it back up. Verify that your phone or tablet has internet access. If you are still unable to see your child’s reading record, please contact us at

Can multiple care givers use the app to add books to my child’s reading record?

Yes! For instance, if you and your babysitter all read to your child, you can all record the books read on the app. You will need to share your email address and the password you chose when signing up for the 1000 Books program.

I don’t remember my password. How can I reset it?

The 1000 books app automatically keeps you logged in so you don’t have to remember your password, but if you want to obtain it, you can always reset it. From the main screen where your child’s icon is, click on Account Settings and then select “submit a new password.” From here, you can also log out of the app. Alternatively, at the start screen where you registered for the program, click “Forgot Password?” and we will email you a link to change your password.

I’d like to share my child’s reading progress with my friends on Facebook, how do I do that within the app?

You, too, should be applauded for reading to your child and helping them reach this magnificent milestone. You can share your child’s reading progress by clicking the share button and select Facebook.

Can a librarian recommend books to read for the 1000 Books program?

Absolutely! This is one of our favorite things to do. Please stop by your local library and let them know you are working toward a goal of reading a 1000 Books before Kindergarten and we are sure you’ll leave with an armload of books!

Can I remove a child from the app?

Yes, simply press and hold the default image or custom image of the child and then select “remove” when prompted. Please note this function cannot be reversed. Your child’s reading record will be deleted from the system.

How is this project funded? 

This project is funded by library systems in Wisconsin including the Bridges Library System, Arrowhead Library System, IFLS Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Monarch Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, South Central Library System, Winnefox Library System, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and Winding Rivers Library System.

I have a question about the app, who do I contact? 

Please contact the Bridges Library System at or (262) 896-8080.

Can I search for a title I have already added to my child’s record?

Yes, simply click in the search bar of your child’s reading record and type in the title or author’s name.

Can I add a title again that I’ve read to my child in the past?

Yes, search for the title in your child’s reading record and then click, “tap to add again.”

Where can I rate the app?

Please search for the app, 1000 Books before Kindergarten, on the Apple iTunes store or the Android’s Google Play store. Your review of the app is much appreciated. Please let us know what you like and what you would like to see improved. Feedback can also be emailed to

Privacy statement

We protect the privacy of kids and don’t collect any more information than we need. Parental information is collected at the time of registration and you have the option of turning email sharing on or off with the library you selected at the time of registration. If you wish to change your notification settings, go to Manage Account and then Update Email Sharing.