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Adi's Reading Challenge

What is Adi's Reading Challenge?

In 2012 we founded Adi’s Reading Challenge in honor of our former student, Aditya Srinivasan, as a way to encourage boys to read highly acclaimed, newly published books. We try to predict which books will win ALA Youth Media Awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Sibert Award, and most especially, the Newbery Medal. The challenge takes place every year from early October to late January.

Who Can Take Part?

Boys in 4th grade and up are invited to take part.
Participation is voluntary, but most boys read at least a few of the titles in our challenge.
Please encourage your boys to take part!
Faculty and staff are most welcome to read the books.

How it Works

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    Read the books on our shortlist. There are usually about twenty-five to choose from. A few are either just for 4th and 5th graders or for 6th grade and up but the majority are for everyone.  Click here to see which books are in the challenge.  Many books are available as Sora downloads. You can have somebody read the book aloud to you or listen to it as an audiobook - that still counts!
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    Fill out a form with your thoughts about the book. You will need to log into Google using your Allen-Stevenson email address.
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    Once a librarian has reviewed your form and it is evident that you know the book well, you will receive credit for having read the book.  You will receive an email when you become eligible to join a voting party.  If you would like to double-check on how many books you have read, email Ms. Storch at lstorch@allen-stevenson.org.
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    If you read the target number of books for your grade level you will be invited to be part of our Award Selection Committee. If you read the most books in the challenge you will get to be a Co-Chair of the Award Selection Committee.  In late January, a week before the ALA awards are announced, we will talk about the books and vote on the ones we think should win. This year the deadline for submitting online responses about books you've read is Sunday, January 17th. 

Why Take Part?

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    First of all, these books will be among the most interesting you have ever read. The library team works hard to find books that are truly special. For every book that makes it into the challenge, there are roughly two books that we read and reject.
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    During the challenge, figuring out the next book you are going to read is easy!
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    You will most likely read books in genres or on topics that you have never considered before. This broadens you as a reader and as a person.
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    You can easily read the same books as your friends so that’s another thing you now have in common.
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    We have parent-child book discussions around challenge books and these are some of the most fascinating conversations you will have.
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    Yes, it must be said, there are prizes involved!  See the bottom of this page for details.
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    It’s fun!

Adi's Challenge Books 2020-2021

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