Contests for Teens

Winter Reading Contest

December 18 - January 15

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the Teen Winter Reading Contest! Joining is easy! Simply read a book or listen to an audiobook, and then login to ReadSquared and submit the title and author.

Participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a winter reading themed prize basket. The contest runs from December 18th- January 15th, and is open to students in grades 6-12 who either have a Naperville Public Library card or attend school in Naperville (including Districts 203 & 204). Teens can submit up to four titles.

Register starting on December 18, 2017.


Starts February 26, 2018

It’s March Madness time, but instead of NCAA basketball, the brackets are full of Young Adult books. The library has selected 32 YA & manga titles from 2017 and placed them in the YA Book March Madness Brackets. Voters can go to the library’s website to nominate their favorites and on Feb. 26, start casting their ballots for their favorite YA titles in the first round. Each week, the field will be narrowed down to the final showdown on March 26th and a YA March Madness Champion will be crowned on April 2! Participants can check the library’s website each week to cast their vote!

PRELIMS: Feb. 26 – March 4
SWEET 16: March 5 – March 11
ELITE 8: March 12 – March 18
FINAL 4: March 19 – March 25

2018 Teen Poetry Contest

Naperville Public Library invites teens in Grades 6-12 to submit their unpublished poems to the Teen Poetry Contest.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Poem can be on any subject and in any form.
  • One poem may be submitted per applicant.
  • The poem should not exceed fifty lines.
  • Contest is open to students in Grades 6-12 who either have a Naperville Public Library card or attend school in Naperville (including Districts 203 & 204).
  • The deadline for entries is Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of May 2018 and will be awarded in three divisions: Grade 6, Grades 7 & 8, and Grades 9-12.
  • Each winner will be given a gift certificate to an area bookstore. Entries will be featured on the library’s website.

ENTER ONLINE beginning Sunday, April 1, 2018.


2017 Teen Poetry Contest Winning Poems

Thank you to all of our entrants this year! Our judges certainly had their work cut out for them.

Grades 9 -12 Winners

Grade 7 & 8 Winners

Grade 6 Winners​