Our Beanstack challenge creation team works hard throughout the year to provide your library, school, and community with exciting reading challenges, accompanying challenge templates, and artwork. Check back quarterly for new challenge announcements and keep an eye out for special sponsored reading challenges to engage your community and earn prizes for your library or school!
Note: To officially participate in a sponsored reading challenge, you should click the registration links provided with the associated challenge.
- TD Summer Reading Club 2021
May 1 - July 30
Game on! This summer, Canada's bilingual TD Summer Reading Club is available on Beanstack to bring summer fun and learning to kids. Readers will learn about their world, themselves, and each other through play while stretching their physical and mental limits. Take a peak at the fun banners and badges here.
- Thorndike Level Up Summer Challenge
June 1 - July 16
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.
Register here to be in the running for cash prizes donated by Mark Cuban and large print book prize packs from Thorndike Press!
- Badge Book: Summer 2021 Reading Challenge
When used in tandem with our Badge Books, this challenge gives readers a digital accompaniment to their book of exciting activities and motivating stickers. 20 minutes of reading a day is all it takes! You can check out the awesome artwork here.
- Summer 2021: Animals
Stoke your community's sense of adventure and wonder with our animal-themed summer 2021 challenge templates and enough extra badges for any type of challenge you can dream up! You can view and download our custom artwork here.
- iREAD Summer 2021: Reading Colors Your World
iREAD participants are invited to use our Reading Colors Your World challenge templates and additional badges and artwork for teens & adults and early readers & children.
- Page Turner Adventures
PTA subscribers who are Beanstack clients can access a challenge template featuring their programming in mid-May. More information available here.
- School Year 2021 - 2022
Aug. 1, 2021 - June 17, 2022, for school clients
Join our yearlong school reading challenge to motivate your students on their path to sustaining their daily reading habits with logging badges that reward them for hitting higher and higher reading goals.
- Back to School
Aug. 1 - Sep. 30
Start the school year off right by setting reading goals and getting organized with our Back to School Reading Challenge. In addition to logging their reading, kids and teens will also complete activities with tips on getting organized, making new friends, and creating healthy sleep habits to earn badges.
- Carnival of Reading
Aug. 1 - Aug. 31
Come one, come all to the Carnival of Reading! Step right up and read a new book, try a delicious recipe, and have some fun with this monthlong challenge full of fair-themed activities and logging badges.
- CBCA Book Week
Aug. 1 - Aug. 31, for Australian and New Zealand clients
Celebrate the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book Week: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds with a challenge structured around the titles featured on their Book of the Year shortlist.
- Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep. 15 - Oct. 15
Celebrate and learn about the culture, contributions, and history of Hispanic Americans with this monthlong reading and activity challenge.
- Badge Book: 1,000 Books
Encourage young families to read together with our revamped 1,000 Books challenge, to accompany the 1,000 Books Badge Book.
- Bullying Prevention Month
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
Promote actions that create a safe, inclusive community and give readers the tools to stop bullying with this monthlong reading challenge.
- Hallow-Read Around the World
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
Explore Halloween and Festival of the Dead traditions around the world with logging and activity badges that encourage reading, share global traditions, and offer new reading recommendations.
- The Skin You Live In
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31, for California schools and libraries
In partnership with Califa and Bibliolabs, this book challenge promotes the themes of acceptance and diversity in Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko's book “The Skin You Live In.”
- Read Grateful
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30
Take time to share an attitude of gratitude with your community through our monthlong #ReadGrateful challenge.
- Read to Raise
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, for school clients
Looking for a way to raise money for your school or school library? Join our national Read to Raise Challenge to fundraise by encouraging kids to read. Students will read to earn donations from their family and friends, with a goal of reading at least 20 minutes each day.
Register here to gain beta access to our new readathon platform, receive a toolkit of promotional resources, and have a chance to win an additional prize donation.
- Level Up Summer Reading
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, for Australian and New Zealand clients
It's summertime down under, but that doesn't mean it's time for a break from reading! Sustain and grow reading habits with our Level Up Summer Reading Challenge.
- Reading Reflections
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31
As 2021 comes to a close, this reading challenge will encourage reflection on personal growth, as well as provide memoir and biography recommendations, through themed logging and activity badges.