Take a Reading Challenge

Wondering what to read next?  Or maybe you're looking for a way to push yourself to read more regularly with your kids this year. 

Consider taking one of the local or national reading challenges (for you or your kids) in 2012.



Kansas City, KS Public Library Winter Reading Challenge


All kids, ages birth - 12th grade, are invited to enter this winter reading challenge and earn prizes.  Reading logs are available at your library, and the program runs through February 29th.  Must have a valid library card to participate.


Kansas City (MO) Public Library


Reading Partners (Adults reading with Kids)

Reading logs are available for this year-long program that encourages adults to read to kids.  A free children's book is awarded for every 20 books read and recorded. Must have a valid library card to participate.

Adult Winter Reading: Destination Anywhere!

Adults who read 5 books between January 9th and March 11, 2012 can receive a limited edition bistro mug and be entered into a drawing for a Nook e-reader.  The library does offer a recommended reading list of books that fit the theme.  Must have a valid library card to participate.


Mid-Continent Public Library


6 in 12 Adult Reading Challenge

The library is challenge adults to read 6 books in 12 months, and each book read will get them an entry into a drawing for one of 5 e-readers.  Adults can read their choice of books from the Mid-continent libraries and complete an entry form online.  Enter the contest anytime in 2012.  Must have a valid library card to participate.

RAFT - Read Aloud Family Time

Read 2 chapters of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl aloud as a family and win a hardback copy of the book.  Program runs from January 3rd - March 3, 2012.  Must have a valid library card to participate.


Olathe Public Library


Family Read-Aloud Program

The Olathe Public Library offers it's members a Family Read-Aloud program for those with elementary-age kids.  Families can earn a free paperback book for every 6 books read-aloud.


2012 Newbery Challenge

The Newbery Challenge can be done with your older kids (older elementary and teens).  The challenge is to read all the books that have received the Newbery Award (there are currenlty 89!).  This year, Mr. Schu is hosting the challenge, and you can register on his website by clicking the award below:

Find a complete list of Newbery Award books and start reading!


2012 Caldecott Challenge

If you have young kids, you'll want to try this reading challenge.  Books receive the Caldecott Award for outstanding illustrations, so many of the books are picture books.  You can do this on your own by using the book list link below, or formally join the challenge by clicking on this button:

Here's a complete list of Caldecott books.