Summer Reading Challenge

Dive in and take the challenge to read this summer! Our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge begins on May 28 and ends on August 6. Join us as we explore the depths of knowledge, swim through a sea of stories, and go fishing for a good book. You’ll earn chances to win one of our fabulous prizes, as well as free tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game!

But I don’t want to read. Reading is boring!
Summer is your chance to read whatever you want! With our reading game sheet, you can pick out 20 activities to do to complete the challenge. Some activities might ask you to read a certain kind of book, look for information on oceans or rivers, participate in events, and more. You can also stack activities together – for example, if you read a graphic novel for 30 minutes on a Wednesday, then you’ve just completed 3 activities! If you’re stumped on what books to read, you can try one from our list of suggestions, or ask one of our friendly librarians for a recommendation.

Can my baby sister participate? What about my older brother in high school?
Yep, they can participate too, including your parents! Our Summer Reading Challenge is open to all ages, though we have different game sheets for adults and for kids ages 5 and under. Maybe you could challenge your parents to see who can finish their game sheet first!

Parent here. We’re busy this summer! Besides, they read all school year. Don’t they need a break?
It doesn’t hurt to take break, but the summer is a long time for young brains. Research has shown that kids tend to forget some of the information and skills they learned during the school year while they’re home for the summer. This “summer slide” means that they need more time at beginning of the new school year to review topics they already learned. Reading throughout the summer can help them remember what they learned, making them better prepared to start the new school year. If time is a factor, consider reading in the car, or sharing a story before bedtime. Audiobooks are also a great option, and with Libby, Hoopla, and your library card, you can download audiobooks to your phone or other device to play anywhere!

Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I sign up?
Fantastic! Or should we say FIN-tastic? Registration for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge begins on May 28. Grab an adult and have them register using the form below, or come by the library and fill out a paper form. Once you’ve registered, we’ll give you a packet containing your reading game sheet and other information. You then have until August 6 to return your game sheet to get a reward and a chance to earn one of our fabulous grand prizes. You can also keep the challenge going by getting one of our bonus game sheets to earn more chances for a grand prize! Plus, we’ll be giving away ticket vouchers for St. Louis Cardinals games this summer!

We’re also planning fun special events, with virtual and in-person options! To check out what we have planned, take a look at our calendar, or sign up for our weekly Wowbrary newsletter!

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.