4th Annual Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge - Read and Win

Are you ready to break our record? Because that is what we will do this summer. We are going to break our own record we set in 2011 of 29,117 books read and read 30,000 books from now until August 31st 2013! We can do this. We HAVE to do this.

How it works :

1. Read. You can read to your kids or if your kids can read they can read to you or independently. It all counts!

2. Come here and fill in how many books or chapters you have read per family. Just enter the number no need to write out titles. You may enter no more than once per day or you can use our tally sheet printable and track your books read and enter less frequently. We count complete chapters as equal to one picture book because we want to celebrate all readers and know that chapter books can take a long time to complete.

3. Every time you enter your books and /or chapters you will be automatically entered into our Summer Reading Challenge Sweepstakes.

What You Can Win

1. Monthly Book Prize Packs !  On June 15th, July 15th and August 15th I will draw an entry and that person will win a prize pack to say thanks for participating. The books will be chosen based on age of the children in the winning family. Each will contain 4- 6 books handpicked by me based on your child’s age and reading level. The prize packs are worth approximately $20 each.


2. Grand Prize  $50 Amazon.com Gift Card to buy books, craft supplies or a pair of cute boots for the fall ! I will draw one winner from all the entries on September 1st 2013 using random.org


The real prize is reading with your children!


summer reading entry form




Q: If I have more than one child do I enter the number of books we read as a family or do separate entries for each child?

A: Please enter as a family. So if you have 2 kids that read 4 books each enter 8 books for that day.


Q: Can I do this if I am doing other Summer Reading Challenges?

A: Absolutely! I highly encourage you to participate in ones at your local library and Scholastic’s Summer Challenge too!


Q: If I forget to enter my books for one day can I add them the next?

A: You can add your book tally as often as once per day or as infrequently as you like. Some people add them in big chunks others a little at a time. All we ask is that you do not add them more than once per day.


Q: If my child reads the same book 10 times in one day do I count it as one  or ten?

A: TEN! We know that kids love to re read their favorites and this is all about enjoying reading so if they enjoy the same book ten times more power to them! It counts as 10.


Q: Who is sponsoring this? Are you getting paid for this?

A: I am sponsoring it. I look forward to this all year long and am excited that I can add a few more prizes this year. No company or publisher has any part in it.


Q: My child is not reading yet does it count if I read to them?

A: 100% yes!  Most of our readers are parents with children who are not reading independently yet. This challenge is all about getting families to read. Children do not need to be reading solo yet to participate. If you read a book to your baby that counts too! We want to get families to make reading a habit and have fun doing it.

Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form as stated above. 3 winning participators ( 1 per month)  will be drawn at random, using Random.org on June 15th ,  July 15th and August 15th by 8pm PST on that day . The winner will receive a book pack prize valued at approximately $20. Grand Prize : 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on September 1st 2013 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winners are notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the prize to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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  1. Esther says

    Hi there! I am following you on Pinterest and my children were excited to learn about you reading challenge. We are an ex-homeschooling family; life took a turn without my permission and now the children are in the local school. One of the challenges of public school is that they are so burned out they have no appetite for reading, and your challenge is a nice way to cure that!

    I was disappointed a little though, when I read that the sweepstakes is open to American residents only, although I understand that you cannot possibly cover international shipping expenses ( I assume that this is the reason). I can always buy them books as a reward, but it is nice for the children to know that they are part of something bigger and that their reward comes from a third party- not their mummy. Would you consider making available the sweepstakes to non American residents if we very happily cover shipping expenses and even the cost of the books themselves? As I have tried to explain, it is good for the children to be part of something bigger than a family and this is the winning point, not the free books.

    Many thanks for considering this. I will respect your decision whatever that maybe and we will take part to the reading challenge even without the sweepstakes. It is too good to miss!

    Thank you very much for organizing this,


    • Allison McDonald says


      I couldn’t agree more about the motivation but it’s not shipping cost that is the issue it’s laws surrounding giveaways that cause me to restrict it to American residents. It’s especially frustrating for me because I am a Canadian living in the states and I grew up never being able to enter anything! It all comes down to having to follow a whole host of different regulations for different countries and I just don’t have the capability of administrating that.

      I would love to feature star readers though. Maybe I could do a call for guest book reviews from kids, feature photos of the kids with their favorite book or signs that say things like ” I read 40 books!” … I am open to finding other ways to motivate . If you have ideas I would love to consider them.

      So sorry that I have to restrict it though.

    • Allison McDonald says

      Couldn’t agree more! Every summer this keeps me accountable. My kids always get books before bed but I don’t want that to be the only time of day we read. I really notice out patterns every summer because of the challenge.

  2. Krista says

    I found this challenge on Pinterest (lovely invention!). And, like Esther, am not in the US currently. I’m the opposite of you thoug, American living in Canada. ;). I’m wondering if we could still add our books/chapters for the grand tally and just not be eligible for the prizes? I plan on making part of my kids day this summer, once we a finally out of school at the END. OF. JUNE!!! To read for at least a half hour. Plus the usual library programs of course. What do you think?

    • Allison McDonald says

      Yep it all counts! Also yes anyone can participate the only stipulation is you have to be in the states to win the prizes. Hope that clears this up! So excited for us to reach the goal!


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