Challenge Details

Read Local Challenge Details

Can you read 1 book from the list? 

How about 5? Maybe 10?

Do you have what it takes to read all 21 books?

The more you read, the better your chances to win in the Read Local Challenge.

Here’s how it works…

Request a participation pack. Schools, classrooms, groups, or families may request a class pack, which contains a full-color poster, reading trackers, and stickers. Packs will be mailed out while supplies last. If you prefer, you can print your own pack. Or you can participate without printing anything at all.

Get everyone excited! Hang your Read Local Challenge poster in a visible spot and talk to your students about the challenge. Tell them that the creators of these books live close by.

Get books from the challenge list. You can find books at your library or bookstore. All the books in the challenge are currently available to schools and libraries. We’ve put together a list of the books, complete with their ISBN numbers, to make it easy.

Set a goal. You can create a group goal (for example, “Our class will read five books together,”) or set individual goals for the students. You can post your goal on social media and tag us at @SCBWI_SoBreeze (Twitter and Instagram) if you like, or declare your goal here. (You don’t have to declare a goal to join the challenge, but it sure is fun to see if you can reach it!)

Read. You can read as few as one book from the list, or all 21 if you’re ambitious. Remember, students can read individually, or you can read the books together as a class. Keep track of your reading on your poster or on the individual trackers. The more books you read, the more entries you’ll have in our prize drawing.

Submit your counts. To be eligible for prizes, log your results here by 12/31/23. Don’t worry – we’ve made the submission form really simple. You should be able to complete the whole process in under 5 minutes.

Celebrate! Congratulate your readers and wait to see if you’ve won one of our prizes. We’ll announce the winners and deliver the prizes by 2/15/2024.

Bonus Challenges (for even more chances to win)

Can you write a book review of one of the books on the list? What did you like? Who else might like this book? If your students are new to the process of writing a review – as opposed to a book report – you can give them our printable template. You can submit your reviews and we might even share them on our social media. Submit reviews to and put "book review" in the subject line. You might also ask parents to post their child’s review on Amazon, which helps us authors and illustrators so much.

Can you redesign a book cover from the list? We’d love to see your art! Tag @SCBWI_SoBreeze (Twitter and Instagram) or submit it to us so we can share it on our socials.

Can you use Canva, PowerPoint, or Google Slides to make a presentation about one of the authors or illustrators on the list? Our website features links to the websites of all our participating authors and illustrators. We’d love to see what your students find interesting or inspiring about our writers and artists, so please send us a link to your creations.

SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE (and request a participation pack)