Extreme Book Nerd for Kids

Extreme Book Nerd for Kids

January 3 to December 17, 2022

What is Extreme Book Nerd for Kids?

A variation of the Extreme Book Nerd challenge for adults and teens, Extreme Book Nerd for Kids is a year-long reading challenge that starts January 3 and ends December 17, 2022. For independent readers, grades 1-6. Kids read 25 books aligned with specific reading categories to earn an exclusive Extreme Book Nerd for Kids prize.

How to Participate

To participate in this challenge, kids must:

  • Read books that are 100 page minimum, junior fiction level and above (no intermediate, easy reader, picture, or board books), no magazines, one book per category
  • Be independent readers in grades 1-6.
  • Have their own Idaho Falls Public Library cards.
  • Have an IFPL Beanstack account.
  • Not be participating in Extreme Book Nerd for Teens.

Extreme Book Nerd for Kids Reading Categories

Here are the 2022 categories for the kids challenge. Participants must complete 25 of the 26 categories to earn the prize. Titles that are linked have a downloadable bookmark to help you find books on the topic:

  1. A Wild Card. Pick up at the Children’s desk
  2. From a library display
  3. Non-Fiction (NOT a biography or autobiography)
  4. Book you love, read it again
  5. Recommended by IFPL librarian
  6. Published this year (2022)
  7. Book a friend likes
  8. Book you have at home
  9. Cover you don’t like
  10. Knight or dragon in it
  11. “Clock” or “time” in the title
  12. Coretta Scott King Award winner or honor
  13. Author who is new to you
  14. Trip in it (by car, train, plane, or boat)
  15. Features music or a musician
  16. Biography or autobiography
  17. About something in nature
  18. Published the year you were born
  19. From the bottom shelf
  20. Blue cover (at least 50%)
  21. Part of a series
  22. Author’s last name has fewer than five letters
  23. Pet in it
  24. Gemstones or jewels in it
  25. Person on the cover
  26. Illustrations in it

Prefer to use paper? During the challenge you are welcome to track your reading with our printable reading log. You may also use a journal, a spreadsheet, or a list. Just remember that your books must be entered into Beanstack before reporting completion at the end.

You must have a current library card during the program and when you pick up your prize in order to be eligible for prizes.

  Printable reading log (8 1/2 x 11″)

To see the reading categories for our adult and teen challenges, visit our Extreme Book Nerd page.

Extreme Book Nerd Your Way for Kids

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Extreme Book Nerd Your Way for Kids is new this year! Kids can read 50 books over the course of the year that include:

  • 10 books that were published before they were born
  • 10 books that were published after they were born
  • 25 award winners
  • and 5 books of their choice – all a minimum of 30 pages with no board books, magazines, or duplicates allowed.

Extreme Book Nerd Your Way Reading Log

As you read books for this challenge, record the titles/authors in your Beanstack reading log.

Prefer to use paper? During the challenge you are welcome to track your reading with our printable reading log. You may also use a journal, a spreadsheet, or a list. Just remember that your books must be entered into Beanstack before reporting completion at the end.

You must have a current library card during the program and when you pick up your prize in order to be eligible for prizes.

  Printable reading log (8 1/2 x 11″)

For more information about this reading challenge, contact us online or call 208-612-8460.