2021 Summer Reading Challenge

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June 7 – August 15

Summer has arrived which means it is time for Summer Reading! Whether you are being read to or reading on your own, keep track of your reading and participate in activities to earn free books and be eligible in our weekly prize drawings.   

Sign up or log into ahml.beanstack.org to join the Summer Reading Challenge starting Monday, June 7, 2021.   

Paper reading logs are available at the Kids’ World and Hub Desks.  

How it works!

1. Sign up or log in to Beanstack at ahml.beanstack.org or on the Beanstack app through the App Store or Google Play Store!

2. Log your reading minutes and complete fun challenges to level up this summer! NOTE: In Beanstack, you will be logging ACTIVITIES even when tracking your reading for Summer Reading!

  • Level 1 – Awesome!   
    Be an Awesome Reader!  
    Start by earning five badges to complete this level. Each badge is worth 100 minutes of reading with one activity to complete from the Summer Reading Activities List. Receive a ticket for a weekly prize drawing with each badge. Complete this level and take home a free book of your choice!  
  • Level 2 – Epic!   
    Looking to become an Epic Reader?   
    Earn another five badges by reading 500 more minutes and complete an activity with each of these badges, as well. Receive more tickets, complete this level and take home a second free book of your choice!   
  • Level 3 – Bonus!  
    Keep reading! 
    Read all summer long and earn more badges to receive bonus tickets for the weekly prize drawing! 

3. Claim your prizes starting August 1 through August 31.


Have a question?

Email us at youthprograms@ahml.info or visit us at the Kids' World and Hub Desks. 

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Read with Us!

Join Summer Reading by creating a new account or log in with an existing account to Beanstack at ahml.beanstack.org.

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Visit the Kids' World or Hub desks to pick up a reading log or print one at home!

Levels 1 & 2 Log - Printable PDF 

Level 3 Log - Printable PDF

Activities List - Wakelet Page

Join the Challenge

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Summer Booklists

Looking for a good book? Take a look at these booklists compiled by library staff especially for readers looking for interesting, compelling, funny, sad, spooky, serious and all-around great stories!

Make sure to take advantage of the filtering functions on the left side of the booklist page to find the right list for you.

These lists are for kids, tweens, teens and their families.

Browse Booklists

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Share a Photo

Summer Reading includes a variety of activities for you to complete by yourself, with a family member, or with a friend!

Share a photo of how you are completing Summer Reading activities throughout the summer by uploading it using this form. Your photo may be featured in the Summer Reading Challenge Gallery on the ahml.info/summer page.


Submit a Photo

Summer Reading Challenge Gallery

Submit a photo of your Summer Reading Challenge activities! As you read and earn Badge Prizes, share a photo of your unique creations and experiences with us. Fill out this form to submit a photo.

Customers visiting Storywalk at Lake Arlington

Storywalk at Lake Arlington

Library staff and teen volunteers at chalk obstacle course

Chalk the Walk

Caregiver and child reading outside

Reading Together

Families attending story time at the park

Storytime at the Park