Start off the new year with a good book! Winter Read 2021 celebrates the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. All ages are invited to explore books from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds. Read any books you like during the challenge, complete optional featured author activities, and earn virtual badges and prizes along the way!
You can also count reading and activities as part of the ongoing Read Woke Reading Challenge!
For Winter Read 2021, Beanstack partnered with Simon & Schuster's Books Like Us program to highlight bestselling and acclaimed authors with powerful voices. In addition to reading anything you like and tracking your minutes, you are also invited to discover Cozbi Cabrera, Sharon Draper, Stuart Gibbs, Stephen Graham Jones, Hena Khan, Debbie Ohi, Christina Hammonds Reed, and Rebecca Roanhorse.
Earn activity badges by learning more about these featured authors, engaging with their books, reflecting on what you’ve read, and brainstorming questions to ask each author should your library win a virtual visit. Hundreds of libraries across the country will participate in Winter Reading Challenge. Top-performing libraries will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits.