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 can’t wait to meet you!
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 (details here), then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library!
Our official challenge period runs from October through May, but you don’t have to wait for the fall! Summertime is a great chance to catch up with the books you missed from the 2017-18 Read Local Challenge (here) or get a jump on the 2018-19 Challenge (here)! With the stories in our Read Local Challenge, your summer is sure to be full of adventure as you travel with us from the desert to the rainforest, across the United States, and even into space! You can visit the distant past and the far-off future, and even explore stories that take place right now. You might even learn a new skill! Be sure to let us know which books you’re reading by clicking below or sharing online with the hashtag #ReadLocalSummerChallenge for a chance to win a prize pack of signed books! (more details about the #ReadLocalSummerChallenge here)
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 click the green button above, or email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at email@example.com.
Picture Book Challenge
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Picture Book level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Veronica Bartles (Baltimore, MD) | Ginjer Clarke (Richmond, VA) | Carol Cole (Vienna, VA) | Lisa Connors (Lexington, VA) | Scott DuBar (Charlottesville, VA) | Kathryn Erskine (Charlottesville, VA) | Rebecca Evans (Severna Park, MD) | Laura Gehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Terry Catasús Jennings (Reston, VA) | Rachel Kolar (Laurel, MD) | Kathy MacMillan (Owings Mills, MD) | Ann McCallum (Kensington, MD) | John Micklos, Jr. (Newark, DE) | Kim Norman (Smithfield, VA) | Liz and Jimmy Reed (Columbia, MD) | Laura Renauld (Leesburg, VA) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA) | Chiêu Anh Urban (Laytonsville, MD) | Patricia Valdez (Kensington, MD) | Joan Waites (Silver Spring, MD) | Timothy Young (Easton, MD)
Middle Grade Challenge
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Middle Grade level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Karin Anderson (Richmond, VA) | Barbara Beck (Annapolis, MD) | Barbara Carney-Coston (Washington, D.C.) | J.H. Diehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Kathryn Erskine (Charlottesville, VA) | Richie Frieman (Baltimore, MD) | Lauren Abbey Greenberg (Rockville, MD) | Erin Hagar (Baltimore, MD) | Kitson Jazynka (Washington, DC) | Hena Khan (Rockville, MD) | Kamakshi P. Murti (Fairfax, VA) | Jonathan Roth ( Rockville, MD) | Angie Smibert (Roanoke, VA) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA)
Young Adult Challenge
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Young Adult level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Veronica Bartles (Catonsville, MD) | Mary Crockett (Salem, VA) | Leigh Goff (Annapolis, MD) | Christina June (Fairfax County, VA) | Kathy MacMillan (Owings Mills, MD) | NoNieqa Ramos (Ashburn, VA) | Deborah Schaumberg (Potomac, MD)
And don’t miss our FREE Read Local webinars!*
*Upcoming 2018-19 Read Local Webinars will be announced when they are scheduled. In the meantime, check out our past webinars below! – To test your system to see if it is compatible with our webinar software, click here.
Our Past Read Local Challenge Books: (Spring 2017) (2017-18)
Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us!