Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Read Local Challenge Passport Program

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Frequently Asked Questions (for Readers) (for KidLit Creators)


How the Read Local Challenge Passport Program works:

Read Local Challenge 2020/21 Passport

Pick up a Read Local Challenge Passport at your local bookstore, school, or library, or click to download a copy here!

1. Pick up a Read Local Challenge (RLC) Passport bookmark from your school, library, or local bookstore.

If your school or library isn’t yet participating in the challenge, invite your teacher or librarian to fill out this form to request a Read Local Challenge starter kit!

Don’t see your favorite bookstore on the list of Read Local Challenge bookstores (below)? Give this link to your favorite bookseller, and invite them to join us!

2. Collect stamps/signatures on your RLC Passport bookmark by completing any of the following tasks.

(Spaces on your passport can be signed by the author/illustrator you meet, the bookseller/librarian you talk to, your teacher, or a parent.)

a. Read a book from our 2020/21 Read Local Challenge list 

b. Attend an event at your school, library, or local bookstore, etc. to meet one of our Read Local Challenge authors or illustrators

c. Purchase a Read Local Challenge book from your local bookstore

d. Visit your library and check out one or more Read Local Challenge books

e. Review/Recommend a Read Local Challenge book (online or through your local bookstore, library, or school)

f. Connect with/follow your local bookstore or library online

g. Join the Read Local Challenge Reading Race and tell us which books you’ve read! (Then, nominate your favorite school or library to win a box full of signed books!)

3. Redeem your passport at a participating bookstore for a prize

Click on the links below for details about the discounts & prizes offered by each participating bookstore.

You may choose one partner from our list to redeem your completed passport.


Find Read Local Challenge Books at a Local Bookstore!

Click the links on our map to find your closest Read Local bookstore. Don’t see your favorite bookstore listed here? Invite them to fill out this form and join the fun!

Inviting a Read Local author or illustrator to your school or library? Many of our partner bookstores offer pre-orders and book sales for special events. Please consider contacting one of them to handle your orders!