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2023 Reading Challenge

January 1 @ 12:00 am - December 31 @ 11:30 pm


You’re invited to participate in the Friends of Queen Anne County Library’s Reading Challenge for 2023!


Participants in the Reading Challenge will read one book each month that reflects the Challenge’s overall “Award-Winning” theme, with each month focused on a different award.


Readers should download and print out the Challenge guide in order to track the books that he/she has read each month. We’ll provide resources on the Friends website ( and on Facebook (@friendsqaclibrary) each month to help you find options that fulfill the monthly category. And we hope you’ll let us know how it’s going each month: Readers who stick with it for 12 months and complete the challenge will be rewarded at the end of the year!


The Challenge kicks off in January, and participants are asked to read a book by a Pulitzer-Prize winning author. The book you choose can be fiction or non-fiction, can be recent or an oldie-but-goodie: The only requirement is that the author of the book has won a Pulitzer Prize at some point in their career. (Your January read does not need to be the book for which the author received his/her Pulitzer.) 


Here’s a great place to start looking for January options:  You know you’ll be able to find many books by these authors at the Queen Anne’s County Library. You may even luck out and find copies of some options for just $1 at the Used Book Nooks run by the Friends of the Library at both the Kent Island and Centreville Libraries!


February:  Each year, the Maryland Association of School Librarians works with its members to select nominees for the Black Eyed Susan Award. Nominees are recognized as “outstanding books that broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives.” MASL selects books at different grade levels (picture books, grades 4-6, middle school, and high school), different genres (fiction and non-fiction), and different formats (traditional and graphic novels).

Throughout the school year, media specialists and librarians in schools throughout Maryland explore the nominated books with their students, and Maryland students vote to determine which books will receive the Black Eyed Susan Award each year.

The FOL Award-Winning Challenge asks you to read one of the Black Eyed Susan Award nominated books for 2022-23, presented here:

Not sure where to start? Ask the young people in your life! QACPS media specialists do an amazing job of exploring nominated books with their students, and the students have lots of strong opinions about the nominees!


March: To get ready for the 95th Academy Awards ceremony this month, readers are challenged to read the source material behind movies that have won Oscar Awards for the Best Adapted Screenplay. It will be your turn to judge if the book (or play or novella) is really always better than then movie!

And because we don’t want to limit you too much, it’s acceptable to read the source material behind films that were nominated for best adapted screenplay but didn’t take home the award.

Appreciation to Wikipedia for putting together this convenient listing of the nominated films in this category and the source material from which they were adapted!


April:  The National Book Foundation celebrates the best writing published each year in the United States. Its annual National Book Awards are presented annually in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and writing for young people.  The Foundation announces a long list of semi-finalists in each category, then 4 finalists per category, and eventually one National Book Award winner in each of its five categories each year. (More details on the selection process are available here.) We hope you’ll find an Award winner that you love… and you still get credit if you decide to read one that made it to the long list instead of the final winner!

National Book Award winners, by year:


May:  For sports lovers in the United States, May is a wonderful month! Baseball season has begun, NBA and NHL playoffs are underway, the Kentucky Derby will be run, and the NFL is busy setting rosters for the coming season. For those who prefer amateur sports, the warmer weather allows us to participate in so many different activities — no matter our interests.

So, for May, our reading challenge to you is to read a book about a sports champion. It can be non-fiction or fiction, human or otherwise (think, Seabiscuit), in any sport you wish!  And we know that there are lots of different ways to define who/what is actually a champion, so we can’t wait to hear how you define it!

For those of you who still revere the Dewey Decimal system (like we do), wonderful nonfiction sports options can be found in the 790s, with lots of options in the biography section of the library too. And so many wonderful writers have contributed to the genre of “sports fiction”–here are just a few suggestions to get you started!




January 1 @ 12:00 am
December 31 @ 11:30 pm
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