Get better results from your summer and school-year reading challenges.

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Beanstack helps facilitate reading challenges and gain more data on students’ free-choice reading.

Why Beanstack?

Here’s what Beanstack can do for you and your school district.

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  • Develop a true culture of reading in your school community - students, staff, and families all reading.

  • Motivate your students to do more self-directed reading.

  • Use data to demonstrate the role your school library plays in improving academic outcomes.

  • Increase circulation of your school library's collection.

  • Benchmark against national statistics to get a global perspective.

  • Gain insights into when, how much, and what titles students are reading.

Easily Design Your Site and Custom Reading Programs

With Beanstack's reading challenge creation tool, you can design reading challenges based on having students fill out a reading log, complete activities, and/ or post reviews. We regularly provide templates for Summer Reading, Black History Month, Read Across America Month, and other times of year.

Help Students Track, Achieve, and Celebrate

Beanstack makes it easy for your students to track their independent reading, earning virtual badges along the way. Students can also write book reviews and complete activities to further engage with what they have read.

“Fitbit for Reading” Mobile App

The one-of-a-kind Beanstack app lets students time reading sessions, log books by scanning their ISBN numbers, keep a log of current and past reading, track daily reading stats, and achieve streaks for reading multiple days in a row. Via the app, parents are able to assist younger students with their logging, helping foster a true reading community.

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Collect Data & Gain Insights

Your librarians and teachers gain tools that help log student reading, view real-time data on their students' reading, and celebrate the success of their classes. Plus, your administration gains access to hundreds of reports breaking down the data and helping you draw valuable insights into the reading culture across your district.

We create templates of engaging reading challenges, because teachers and librarians are plenty busy and there’s always more to read.

Our team of educators and reading specialists regularly creates template reading challenges that librarians can copy and customize as they choose. These templates include new, handcrafted virtual badges and marketing materials. And they range in theme and design from logging minutes as part of our annual Winter Reading Challenge (sponsored by Penguin Random House during 2020 and Mark Cuban during 2019) to completing activities and earning points during Read Across America Month.

Use Single Sign On Services

Beanstack’s integration with single sign-on services such as Clever and ClassLink make logging a breeze; librarians have access to all students in their schools, and teachers have access to all of their rostered students. We know students enroll, leave, and change schools often, so our nightly updates make sure your students and teachers never lose access to their Beanstack site.

Create Special Challenges for State and City Book Lists

Looking for a way to track students’ progress within your State or City Book Lists? We’ll create a challenge for that! Students earn badges for each book on the list they have read, and teachers & librarians can easily track which students are eligible for the voting process.

What our clients are saying

Beanstack is used by over 1,000 school districts and public libraries including Broward County Public Schools, Hawaii Department of Education, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Pasadena Independent School District, and the Department of Defense.

Why Should You Run a Reading Challenge for Kids

Running a reading challenge for your students, especially younger kids, can help them build reading skills, improve literacy, and build community. A summer reading challenge is a perfect way to combat the summer slide. Or, running monthly reading challenges throughout the school year with prizes will incentivize your students to pick up new books and become more avid readers.

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