1000 Books Before Kindergarten
By 1000 Books Foundation
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The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app lets you keep track of your reading activity quickly and easily.
- Scan books into your library
- Keep track of reading activity for multiple readers
- Track your progress to 1000 books!
What's New in Version 2.3.6
Minor bug fix; Fixed minimum app requirements.
I was able to put 5 books on my list and then after that found I couldn't use this anymore. It couldn't find the book, even if added manually. Also, the add a book manually page kept looping, like it showed it to me three times and I had to hit the back symbol three times to get to the main page. I ended up deleting this app.
Don't expect too much
There are definitely areas that could be improved but so far adding & finding books have been simple. I have only been using the app for a week and have only needed to add 1 book manually. I would like to have more interaction with the app like milestones, achievements, or even fun facts associated with reading. When it comes down to it, it helps track our daily books (which we were doing via pen and paper before) and I enjoy looking at my library to see which books we already read and when it was read.
It's Adequate But Could Be Improved Greatly
Been using this app for about 18 months. The app is conceptually awesome but in execution it is lacking. My 2.5 year old son is about to hit 700 mark. I'm eagerly anticipating 1,000 so I can discontinue being frustrated by this app. (By the time he reaches kindergarten he will be nearly 6 years old and have certainly well surpassed the stated goal of 1,000 many times over.)
This app is wonky and disconnects randomly from the network. Inputting new books or checking off read books is often an exercise in patience.
The scanning of UPC's to input books has gradually improved (e.g. more titles seem to be included in the cyber repository) over time but is far from impressive. All to often, I have thought a book was successfully identified upon scanning only to have the book convert to "anonymous" as the title when trying to save it on the list.
Typing in titles to search in order to input books is labor intensive (doesn't automatically capitalize, doesn't remember the title you entered if not found and you have to enter the book manually, etc.).
When entering a book manually, it would be nice to be able to add a photo of the cover. At present, you only get default image of a silhouette of a head and shoulders. It would also be nice if when entering a book manually, that the information was somehow acknowledged and used to improve the aforementioned "cyber repository" to further others' efforts of scanning or searching titles.
I find having two lists of books annoying (library vs read). Designers and programmers who are smarter than I should have been able to devise a more streamlined system by now.
At the end of the day, it's an adequate way to keep track of how many books you've read. (Though it would be interesting if it also allowed you to track how many times the same book has been read too.)