Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Adventure is soaring into your library! Summer Reading Challenge 2024 is almost upon us. The annual event kicks off on June 1, 2024. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s program:

Summer Reading Challenge 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library

This year’s theme is ‘Adventure Begins at Your Library,’ and here at Laramie County Library Systems we know this is true; adventure does begin at your library! Where else can you soar the skies, explore outer space, enjoy a swashbuckling sea voyage, or live out a royal romantic adventure all in one place? Books are a portal to new worlds and experiences, and we have thousands for you to explore.

As with previous years, you’ll earn more rewards the more you read. Whether you’re doing the reading or being read to, all forms of reading count towards prizes. After all your adventuring and hours spent diving into new books, you’ll deserve them!

To learn more about the challenge, this year’s prizes, and how to register, visit the official Summer Reading Challenge 2024 website!

Why Participate in Summer Reading?

Did you know that readers of all ages can participate in Summer Reading? It’s a community celebration that brings together booklovers from childhood to adulthood together. Children participating in SRC 2024 will reap the benefits of developing healthy reading habits while broadening their world and having fun – and the same can be said for adults.

What is the ‘Summer Slide’ Effect?

Summer reading is a powerful tool to help children maintain their reading skills. When summer rolls around, many students stop participating in educational activities. As a result, they can lose some of the knowledge gained during the previous school year – this phenomenon is called the ‘summer slide.’ (U.S. Department of Education)

The U.S. Department of Education encourages parents to bring children to the library during the summer and promote reading in the household to help prevent learning loss. Participating in Summer Reading helps make reading activities fun for kids and adults.

Top 5 Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids, Teens, & Adults


  • Last Kids on Earth – Max Brallier
  • Amulet: Book 1, The Stonekeeper – Kazu Kibuishi
  • Adventure Friends – Brandon Todd
  • Search for the Giant Squid – Amy Seto Forrester
  • Beowulf – Michael Morpurgo


  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  • Eragon – Christopher Paolini
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Odyssey – Gareth Hinds

Adult Fiction

  • John Carter of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi: A Novel – Shannon Chakraborty
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Adventure ready: a hiker’s guide to planning, training & resiliency – Katie Gerber
  • Adventure in everything: how the five elements of adventure create a life of authenticity, purpose, and inspiration – Matthew Walker
  • Adventures in Yellowstone : early travelers tell their tales – Mark Miller
  • The adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: a biography – Russell Miller
  • The adventures of Henry Thoreau: a young man’s unlikely path to Walden Pond – Michael Sims

How to Log Summer Reading Challenge Hours

LCLS uses Beanstack, a digital platform that helps motivate people to read by allowing libraries, schools, and similar institutions to issue reading challenges and track readers’ engagement and progress.  Readers are encouraged to log their reading by creating an account and logging their reading.  Readers who prefer the hands-on approach can pick up a specially designed “reading log” with stickers to help track their reading days. Reading logs will be available at every LCLS library and the Bookmobile starting June 1.

Check out our Summer Reading Events by visiting our calendar or clicking here!


Stopping the Summer Slide | U.S. Department of Education