Join our Winter Reading Challenge!

We are delighted to invite you to join a Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner and hosted by Beanstack. Our goal is to support school and public libraries in the US and Canada, and our theme is “Read for a Better World”, encouraging readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. We’ll provide digital access to all books in the challenge and there are prizes, including books, collections, and virtual author visits, for participating institutions.

Beanstack, the software platform created by Zoobean, is the number one choice for reading challenges among librarians and readers alike. The web and mobile apps make it easy for administrators to set up and manage challenges, and even easier for more than six million readers on the platform to log and track their reading. This coming year, in tandem with Winter Reading, Beanstack will officially launch Book List Challenges—a new feature where readers can log reading for challenge-specific books and earn badges along the way. 

Participating libraries and schools will have unlimited simultaneous multi-user access to Lerner published book titles for the duration of the challenge, directly in the Beanstack web and mobile apps. That means every reader at participating schools and libraries will have instant access to quality titles with no holds, wait times, or borrowing limits. Readers will be able to select from over a dozen age-appropriate books on varying topics that all align with this year’s Winter Reading theme.

The challenge will feature various Lerner titles that explore diversity, empathy, inclusion, and social and emotional learning, such as A Girl Like Me (Ages 0-5), Ruth and the Green Book (Ages 5-10), Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States (Ages 10-18), and Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Ages 18+).

About Read for a Better World

Our Read for a Better World classroom collection offers various ways for readers to reflect on their own identity, the world they live in, and how they can act for a more just world. Check out our classroom libraries, educator and student guides, and take-home book packs today!

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