Extreme Book Nerd for Kids

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Extreme Book Nerd for Kids

January 2 to December 19, 2020

Program Details


This challenge requires that kids:

  • Be independent readers under age 13.
  • Not be participating in Extreme Book Nerd for Teens.
  • Register through Beanstack.
  • Have their own library cards.
  • Read 25 books from 26 categories (skip one category).
  • Read books with more than 100 pages.
  • Read books from the junior fiction or nonfiction collection (or higher).
  • Record titles and authors on their Beanstack reading log.
  • Only count books read during the challenge dates.
  • Finish by December 19, 2020.

Reading Logs

This year, you log your reading through our Beanstack profile. If you want to track your reading on paper until you are ready to update Beanstack, you can pick up a reading log at the children’s desk.


The 2020 prize is a special lunch box. Details TBA.

Adult & Teen Challenges

The library also offers an Extreme Book Nerd challenge for adults and teens:

Reading Categories

Choose 25 of the following categories:

  1. A book you’ve never read before
  2. A book that was made into a movie
  3. A nonfiction book (not a auto/biography)
  4. A book from a library display
  5. A book with a color in the title
  6. A mystery
  7. A book set in the future
  8. A book by an author of color
  9. A book featuring royalty
  10. A book with one of the 50 United States in the title
  11. A historical fiction book
  12. A book with a yellow cover
  13. A book that take place during your favorite season
  14. A book one of your friends likes
  15. A book that takes place in another country
  16. A book published in 2019
  17. A book written in verse
  18. A wild card book (pick up your category at the children’s desk)
  19. A book that features mythology
  20. The first book in a series
  21. A book older than you (published before you were born)
  22. A book recommended by an IFPL librarian
  23. A book by your favorite author
  24. A banned or challenged book
  25. A Newbery honor or winner
  26. A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as yours

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