Fall Reading Challenges

Running from October 1st to November 30th.

Participate online, pick up a pre-printed sheet at the library, or print your own!

There will be weekly drawings for gift certificates to University City businesses as well as a Grand Prize winner chosen from all who complete their Fall Challenge.

The Grand Prize is a family fun night pack including dinner, dessert, a board game, and art to create.



Read all of the nominated books on Missouri's Show Me book list. These are picture books that are easy to read aloud with strong literary value. They have interest and appeal to children 6 to 10 years old (1st - 3rd Grade). To complete the challenge, read all 10 of the Show me books and complete a Review about your favorite!

Participate Online or Print and Return your sheet by November 30.



The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six. The purpose of the Mark Twain Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives. To complete this challenge, read 6 of the 12 books on Missouri's Mark Twain Readers book list. Then, vote for your favorite by writing a review. The library will pass your votes on to the State of Missouri.

Participate Online or Print and Return your sheet by November 30.



The winner of the Truman Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades six through eight. The Truman Readers Award encourages students in their early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. To complete this challenge, read 6 of the 12 books on Missouri's Truman Readers book list. Then, vote for your favorite by writing a review. The library will pass your votes on to the State of Missouri.

Participate Online or Print and Return your sheet by November 30.



Because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Readers Award is for authors of books chosen by high school students in Missouri. Librarians serving young adults in school and public libraries recognize the need for books written for this audience. The winner of the Gateway Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades nine through twelve.</p><p>To complete this challenge, read 6 of the 12 books on Missouri's Gateway Readers book list. Then, vote for your favorite by writing a review. The library will pass your votes on to the State of Missouri.

Participate Online or Print and Return your sheet by November 30.