Amazing Book Challenge

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Join the 2024 Amazing Book Challenge!

If "read more books" is on your goals list for the year, give the Amazing Book Challenge a try! The Amazing Book Challenge encourages adult and teen readers to broaden their reading interests by discovering new subjects, series, or authors-- something they may not have read on their own.

Broaden your horizons by reading one book from each of the 12 categories selected for 2024. Complete the challenge by December 31, 2024 to receive a Naperville Public Library picnic blanket* and entry into the end-of-year drawing. 

A bookmark and a folded picnic blanket with 12 buttons pinned on it displayed on a table.

How it works:

  1. Starting January 1, register online or by visiting any of the three library locations. No library card is required. Adults and teens can join anytime in 2024. After registering, stop by an Adult Services Desk to pick up a 2024 Amazing Book Challenge bookmark.
  2. Choose one of the "2024 Categories" from the list below and read or listen to a book that falls within that category. When you finish, log your book by entering the title and author online or at one of the Adult Services Desks. 
  3. After you have logged your book, visit the Library to receive a button or magnet featuring that category. You can also keep track of your reading by coloring in the corresponding category on the bookmark. 
  4. Log one title from each category to receive a Naperville Public Library picnic blanket* and an entry in the end-of-the-year drawing. Picnic blankets will be available for pick up while supplies last at the Adult Services Desk at any location anytime throughout the year.

*Picnic blankets will be available for pick up while supplies last

Register through our Beanstack Amazing Book Challenge platform to access the Online Reading Log. The last day to log a title is December 31, 2024. The end-of-the-year drawing will be awarded in January 2025.

Note: If you have an account from a previous Summer Reading Program or Amazing Book Challenge, you can use that account to log in. If you have already created an account in Beanstack when signing up your children for another reading program, you can also use the same account to log in and create a reader for yourself.

2024 Categories and Reading Recommendations

Our category list for the 2024 Amazing Book Challenge is here! Get ready to venture into stories on a variety of topics - from books that are set in Chicagoland and stories about time travel to international mysteries and so much more.

Stumped on what to read for a specific category? Click the category title to be taken to a book list of reading recommendations. These book lists can serve as helpful guides if you are unsure of what to read for some of the categories anytime throughout the year. Note: Participants are not limited to the books on the book lists. These are just ideas to get you started.