It’s not to late to take the 2020/2021 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!
Discover books by people who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.
How to Join the Read Local Challenge:
Choose a challenge level, and start reading.
Read one book or two … or five … or every book in your selected challenge level. You can even take the ultimate challenge and read all 25 books!
Join in the Reading Race.
Tell us which books you have read, individually or with a team. — If your whole team / family / class reads a book together, you get to count it once for each member of your team!
Then nominate a school or library near you to win a selection of signed books from us. — Each book you read gives your school or library another entry!
Fill your Read Local Challenge Passport and redeem it for an amazing reward!
Pick up a Read Local Challenge Passport bookmark from your participating school, library, or bookstore. For details on the passport program (including a list of prizes, and bookstores where you can redeem your filled passport), please click here.
Meet a local author or illustrator at one of our events!
Check out the Read Local Challenge events calendar to find us at our already-scheduled events.
Or invite a Read Local Challenge KidLit Creator to YOUR event!
All Read Local Challenge authors and illustrators offer a 10% discount on our individual speaking rates to any group participating in the challenge. (See profiles for more information.)
Make it a competition!
Gather a group of friends together, or challenge your class (or even your whole school)!
Teachers, Librarians, & Group Leaders: Request your FREE Read Local Challenge Kit. You will receive Read Local Challenge posters, passports, stickers, and more.
Adopt an Author (or Illustrator)!
Our Read Local Challenge authors and illustrators are committed to making connections with readers and promoting a love of books!