Winter Reading Challenge | Read for a Better World

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or hot chocolate. This winter has been more challenging than most, so you may need a blanket (or a cave), too! Whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids engaged at home or just something to lift your spirits, we suggest a good book.

Read for a Better World

January 10 - February 12

The theme for this year’s Winter Reading Challenge – #ReadforaBetterWorld – encourages you to read to take your imagination to new places and allow you to see things through the eyes of others. By understanding more about the world around us, we can make better choices and help build stronger communities.

We challenge you to read at least ten books and complete at least five activities during the challenge. Here’s how to participate!

How to Participate

Register your whole family at Beanstack to track your reading! You can do this on your computer or on Beanstack’s mobile app. Each family member can sign up for their reading program to start logging their progress.

Then, just start reading to earn tickets for a drawing at the end of the challenge! And the prizes are great!

How to Earn Tickets

You’ll earn one ticket for every five books you read and additional tickets for completing up to six activity badges. You can earn up to eight tickets during the challenge – that’s eight chances to win!

What to Read

Don’t know where to start? You are welcome to read whatever you wish during the program, but if you need a little inspiration, we’re here to help. Visit your librarian and they’ll be glad to make some suggestions. If you can’t come into the library, just give us a call! 

What are the activities?

Each activity badge has several different options:

Best of Me! Badge

It’s important to feel good about yourself from the inside out! Identity is the collection of traits and characteristics that make you YOU. These include how you look, your personality, your culture, and your abilities.

  1. Write down or draw traits and characteristics that make you YOU.
  2. What part of you are you proudest of?
  3. What do you think people may be surprised to learn about you?

Big Feelings Badge

Feelings are emotions that everyone experiences. Sometimes feelings can be big and overwhelming (or even scary). But all feelings are important! They give you information about what’s going on around you.

  1. Make a list of feelings you’ve experienced. Don’t worry if they’re good or bad. Feelings just tell you what you need!
  2. What are some healthy and safe ways to express feelings? 

Celebrating Differences Badge

“Diversity” means difference. Differences are good! They make every person special and unique. We are all different in many ways. This includes how we look, act, and talk. But it also includes where we live, what we eat, how we celebrate, what we believe, and much more!

  1. Talk with a friend or family member and learn about how you’re different from one another. You may even find things you have in common!
  2. Why is it important to respect people even if they’re different from you?
  3. What are some ways we can celebrate our differences? 

Perspective Badge

Perspective is a point of view or way of seeing things. Perspective can apply to what we physically see. We may all be looking at the same object, but because we are looking from different places, we will all see the object from a different angle. Perspective also applies to how we feel about things.

  1. How can experience (things that happen to us) change someone’s perspective?
  2. How is your perspective similar to or different from your friends, family, or classmates?
  3. Imagine a group of people all saw the same fireworks show. Some of them might find the loud bangs of the fireworks to be exciting. Others might find them scary. Different perspectives will affect how people respond to the same thing. What experiences might lead someone to consider loud fireworks exciting or scary? 

Prejudice and Assumptions Badge

Prejudice means to “prejudge” someone. This means you make assumptions about another person without getting to know them. These assumptions might be based on how someone looks, a group they are a part of, or even your own experience. These assumptions may be positive or negative. But they are always unfair. We can’t know what someone else likes or dislikes or what they are thinking or feeling unless we get to know them as an individual. The best way to get to know people is by asking respectful questions.

  1. An assumption is something we believe without proof. How can you get to know someone as an individual rather than making an assumption about them?
  2. Prejudice is a pre-existing opinion not based on facts or experience. How is prejudice harmful?
  3. What are some respectful questions you can ask others to get to know them better?

Read for a Better World Badge

Let’s read together for a better world! Reading can take you to new places and allow you to see things through the eyes of others. By understanding more about the world around us, we can make better choices and help build stronger communities.

  1. Explore books from Lerner’s Read for a Better World collection.
  2. Which book(s) are you reading?
  3. What is your favorite part of the book?

What are the prizes?

You could win one of six prizes! Magna-tiles, a tea basket, a $25 gift card to Amazon, a Build-a-Bear package, a $25 gift card to Books-a-Million, or a cozy book basket! Each ticket you earn gives you an entry into the drawing. The drawing will take place on February 16, 2022.

How to Enter the Drawing

It's easy! Please watch the following video for step-by-step instructions:

Where to Read

Not only can you find countless physical books at the library, you can also find books to read or listen to digitally on Libby or Hoopla, all free with your library card! Download the apps and instantly get access to thousands of books and audiobooks for free on your phone, tablet, or computer from wherever you may be! Take a look at our download page to get started!