Winter Reading Challenge. Light Up the Mind.
Winter Reading Challenge

November 25, 2019 - February 29, 2020

Winter Reading Challenge

The Winter Online Reading Challenge runs from November 25 through February 29. You can sign up as an individual or group, or join the classroom challenge. You can use this program to help you track the books or minutes you read this fall, find a great new book through peer book recommendations and other online readers, write your own book reviews, and discover more ways to use the library's diverse online resources!

Fill your summer with fun!

Sign up for Summer of Wonder at your neighborhood library or online for fun craft and maker activities, storytimes and book clubs, gaming and STEM programs, and more to help your mind stay curious and active all summer long!

Did you know...

Reading at least 20 minutes each day during the summer can prevent learning loss?

The goal of the Summer of Wonder program is to encourage all Philadelphians to read for fun and to explore learning opportunities during the summer months. Summer of Wonder also helps children and teens combat "summer slide", so that they can return to school in the fall ready to learn!

How can I participate?

From June 3 through August 3, children and teens from birth to 12th grade can sign up at their neighborhood library. Get inspired with fun activity ideas and programs, earn prizes, and see what you can discover, read, and make this summer! And because kids shouldn't have all the fun, adults can dive into Summer of Wonder too! Adults can participate at select neighborhood libraries, where there will be special raffles for reading, attending library events, and more.

Online Summer of Wonder for all ages runs June 1 through August 31. Sign up online and earn badges by tracking minutes read and completing fun Discovery Path activities themed around STEAM, literacy, and exploration. You can also select reading materials from School District of Philadelphia suggested booklists, submit book reviews, and explore more in-depth themed learning guides. Every time you earn a badge, you will be entered into a weekly raffle with prizes for each age group, as well as be entered into a special grand finale prize raffle that will take place at the end of summer!

Here are links to 2019 Summer Reading booklists:

Camps and Groups

Free Library of Philadelphia staff can visit camps, schools, and other groups for special Summer of Wonder programming. Call your neighborhood library to schedule a library visit or contact Youth Services and Programs at 215-686-5372 to request a visit to your site.

Check out the Free Library Camp Challenge for more information and resources.

Read by 4th

Summer of Wonder also plays an integral part in our Read by 4th campaign, a citywide coalition of families and partners protecting every child's right to read. The coalition of more than 130 partners is the largest, most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation and is convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. For more information,

Lead Sponsors

City Institute
Board of