CMPL offers reading challenges throughout the year, including Winter and Summer Reading. Log into your Beanstack account to log your books, view book lists, and earn badges!
Children’s Reading Challenges
Our Outreach team has probably visited your child’s classroom with a reading challenge. They are now available virtually. Learn more about the reading challenges available for each grade below.
|1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Parents of babies and preschoolers are encouraged to read 1,000 books to their child before Kindergarten. Read the same book 1,000 times or read 1,000 different books...it doesn't matter as long as you're exposing your child to language. Log your books through your Beanstack account and some to the library to pick up prizes along the way. Get the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten form
|The Kindergarten Challenge
This has been designed by CMPL to assist your Kindergartener in their literacy development. Your child has received the Kindergarten Challenge packet which includes the poster of 100 books to read during kindergarten. Find these books in our collection by looking for the ones with the orange star on the spine. Get the form Kindergarten Challenge here.
|50 in 1st
We have chosen 50 books we think 1st graders will love. Your child
may be able to read some on their own. Some are meant to be read aloud by an adult. The more opportunities you provide for your 1st grader to have positive reading experiences, the more likely you are to raise a lifelong reader. Find these books in our collection by looking for the ones with the blue star on the spine. Get the 50 in 1st form here.
|2nd Grade Story Tellers
Students should choose books at their reading level. If a student struggles with more than 3-5 words on any given page, the book is probably too difficult. Set aside a regular special reading time for your child to read aloud to you.
|3rd Grade True 25
Students can keep track of 25 nonfiction titles they read over the course of this academic year. Students read three nonfiction books of his or her choosing that fits within one of six categories.
|Books Outside the Box
To complete the program, we ask that each participant read 5
diverse books during their 4th grade year. Students who understand other cultures and perspectives are better able to communicate
with diverse groups as they get older.
Register for a Beanstack account, or use your account from last summer to participate. You will need your library card to register. Once you have an account, look for the Log Reading button in the upper left corner of the screen. Click it to log your days. Read 45 days this summer to complete the program.
Adult Reading Challenges
Renew Your Reading
From January 1 to December 30, 2023, adults ages 18+ may take the challenge to read new and different types of books this year. You’ll be entered to win a prize if you read a total of six books in the following eight categories:
- Read the 1-2-3 book for adults: The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here
- Read a book from the May or September 2023 Chapter One handout
- Read a book set somewhere you’d like to visit
- Read a book set in the decade of your childhood
- Read a book about a book or library
- Read a book by a Michigan author
- Read the first book in a series
- Read a book that is the inspiration for a movie or TV show you loved