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Take the Read Local Challenge

Read Local Challenge 2023

Welcome to the Read Local Challenge!

The Read Local Challenge is a new program that promotes literacy by encouraging children to read books created by local authors and illustrators.

In this pilot year, elementary school students who participate in this reading challenge will have the chance to win prizes like books and virtual visits from authors and illustrators. The more you read, the more entries you’ll get into our prize drawings.

There is no cost to schools or students to participate. Each participating group must have an adult facilitator, who may be a school employee or a parent.

The Read Local Challenge is presented by the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ( Our region includes Georgia, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. In the coming years, we hope to grow the Read Local Challenge into a favorite activity at schools across our area. A portion of the cost required to run this program was provided by a grant from SCBWI.

Click the buttons below to find more information, including how to request a Participation Pack and how to get your group into the drawing for our grand prizes. You’ll also find downloadable / printable materials and more information about our lineup of local authors and illustrators.

Challenge Details

Sign Up For the Challenge

Free Program Downloads

Meet our Authors and Illustrators


Log Results for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Grand Prizes

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