Beanstack Reading Challenges

Our team creates high-quality reading challenges for every month of the year and runs national reading challenges every winter and summer. Keep your school or library community engaged in growing their reading habits all year, and let us do the work.

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Beanstack’s reading challenge templates are timely, engaging, and tailored for readers of all ages. Topics run the gamut from Back to School and Teacher Appreciation to Read Woke and Women’s History Month. Our national winter and summer challenges give schools and libraries a chance to win prizes like books, cash, and author visits.

Interested in running your own reading challenges? Contact us to request a demo or pricing.

Reading Challenge Templates

Libraries and schools can run challenges using our templates at any time. Publishing a challenge template on your Beanstack site takes just a few minutes, and we provide all of the promotional material you need to make your challenge a success, including editable messages and images for newsletters, social media, and more.

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    Young Poets Challenge

    Celebrate National Poetry Month with Beanstack and explore bright young poets like Amanda Gorman and Meera Dasgupta.

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    1,000 Books Reading Challenge

    Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little one! Log your books, complete learning activities, and earn badges all along the way.

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    Newbery & Caldecott Award Winners

    Dive into the finest in writing and illustrating in this Newbery & Caldecott challenge, available annually.

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    Read Woke

    Created by educator and author Cicely Lewis, Read Woke guides readers through activities centered on respect and dignity for all.

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    100 Books Before Graduation

    Read 100 books before high school graduation, log your reading in Beanstack, and earn a new set of badges!

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    Women’s History Month

    Celebrate women change-makers and their groundbreaking historical contributions to society.

Summer Reading Simplified

Beanstack partners with multiple summer reading content providers to make it easy for our partners to unify and elevate their community’s summer reading experience. Plus, we create original themed summer reading content for any of our partners to use and adapt to their community’s needs.

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    Beanstack Original Summer Reading Challenge

    Stoke your community's sense of adventure and wonder with our animal-themed summer challenge templates and enough extra badges for any type of challenge you can dream up!

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    iREAD Summer Program

    We collaborate with iREAD to bring Beanstack partners the organization’s summer reading theme in a ready-to-use template.

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    Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)

    CSLP libraries have access to the organization’s summer reading theme in a variety of template formats, so you can easily create a challenge that works for your community.

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    TD Summer Reading Club

    Our Canadian library partners who bring TDSRC content to their communities for summer reading can set up their program with ease.

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    Carnival of Reading

    Come one, come all to the Carnival of Reading! Step right up and join our fair-filled challenge that's perfect for late summer months after your library or school's main reading program.

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    Badge Book Companion Challenge

    Want to give your community a physical summer reading tracker along with the Beanstack app? We create annual summer badge books and companion digital challenges.

National Sponsored Challenges

Our national sponsored challenges take reading challenges to the next level— and inspire a little healthy competition among our school and library partners. Hundreds of libraries and schools regularly compete in our national Winter and Summer Reading Challenges to win prizes like book collections, cash, and author visits. We also launch one-time sponsored challenges throughout the year to give your community reading a boost all year long.

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    Level Up: National Summer 2021 Reading Challenge

    We’re teaming up with Thorndike Press and Mark Cuban to bring you our first national K-12 Summer 2021 Reading Challenge. Level Up aims to lessen the impact of the summer slide by keeping students motivated, engaged, and reading all summer long. It also highlights large print books, which are shown to increase reading speed, boost reading comprehension, and help students who are reading below their grade level.

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    Winter Read 2022: Read for a Better World

    Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, Read for a Better World, was sponsored by Lerner Publishing to celebrate the power of books to build a better world. Participating communities had unlimited access to select Lerner titles that encouraged them to read together for a better world.

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    NASA @ My Library 2021

    The Look Up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge (NASA) inspired library communities to learn all about the science behind NASA's newest space telescope mission, the James Webb Space Telescope. JWST is the most advanced infrared space telescope ever launched and will allow us to look deeper into time and space than ever before!

Beanstack’s Challenge Roadmap

We publish new challenges every month, so it's easy to keep your readers inspired with new challenges year-round. We also publish ongoing challenges like 1,000 Books Before School and 10 to Try, as well as new challenges in response to current events that impact our partner communities. To download our challenge roadmap and current ongoing challenges list, fill out this form.

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PDF of challenges throughout the year
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Challenge Resources for our Partners

Along with our challenge templates, we create ready-to-use and adjustable marketing materials to help you promote your reading challenge to your community. From ready-to-go marketing messages to easily editable images optimized for social media, we’ve got you covered when it comes to getting the word out about your reading challenge. Plus, all of our challenge artwork is always available to our partners.

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