Read Local Challenge

Read Local Challenge - Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C. SCBWI authors

What if you found out that your favorite author also liked to hang out at your favorite pizza place?

Discover books by authors who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

Find a Read Local author event near you! Or click on any of the featured books below to view the author's profile, where you can find information about inviting them to speak at your school or library!

All of our Read Local authors and illustrators have agreed to offer a 10% discount on their speaking fees for any school or library participating in the Read Local Challenge. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit. We'd love to get to know you! Joint visits at special rates are also available. If you’d like to set up a special panel for your school or library, please email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at Or click here to host a FREE Read Local Kick-off Party with one of our Read Local Challenge authors, fun crafts, games, and prizes!

Host a FREE Read Local Kick-off Party at your school, library, or organization!

Host a FREE Read Local Kickoff Party in October/November 2017!

It's easy! Just click the button above to sign up. We'll provide prizes, games, and a Read Local Challenge author to provide a short (15-20 minute) presentation. You provide the location, the people (invite your whole community!), and a few basic supplies (like crayons and paper) for the activities you choose. For more details about the Read Local Kick-off Parties, click here. And for a sneak peek at the party games you can choose for your party, you can download our Read Local 2017-18 Kickoff Party Kit and download printable activities for your Kick-off party here.


Download the Full Read Local 2017-18 Challenge Book List

Picture Book Challenge

Middle Grade Challenge

Young Adult Challenge


Our Past Read Local Challenge Books (Spring 2017)

Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us!