The 2021 Reading Challenge encourages you to read books from different categories.

Each month has a challenge that is wrapped up the last Tuesday of each month with a show-and-tell-style book discussion. Choose whatever format you like — paper, e-book or audiobook.

Monthly topics

Read a book …

January: … set in a different country
February: … written by a young author (under 30)
March: … in the fantasy or science fiction genre written by a woman of color
April: … with an animal as the main character
May: … that is a classic or a retelling of a classic work
June: … by an LGBTQ author or about an LGBTQ character
July: … by an author of color
August: … that has won an award
September: … that has been banned or challenged
October: … that is Own Voice (a book written by a member of the marginalized community from which it depicts)
November: … that was translated from another language
December: … that has positive representation of differently-abled individuals

Here a few suggestions of books that met the category requirements. If you would like more ideas, email [email protected], call 785-825-4624, ext. 234, or use the website’s chat tool.


“Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat and a Bike Ride Around the Globe” by Dean Nicholson
“Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” by Bret Witter and Vicki Myron
“A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
“The Travelling Cat Chronicles” by Hiro Arikawa
“Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog” by John Grogan
“The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Young Adult)
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell
“Carmen Dog” by Carol Emshwiller
“Three Bags Full” by Leonie Swann
“Horse Heaven” by Jane Smiley

Youth Titles (Middle Grade & Picture Books)

“Sparks!” by Ian Boothby (Graphic Novel)
“Peter and Ernesto” by Graham Annabelle
“Bad Kitty” by Nick Bruel
“A Wolf Called Wander” by Rosanne Parry
“Freya and Zoose” by Emily Butler
“The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” by Kathi Appelt
“Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell
“Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson
“Sounder” by William H. Armstrong
“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

Like Prizes?

Each month, participants will have a chance to win a $10 Chamber gift card. To enter, attend the Reading Challenge book discussion or complete a review in the library’s catalog of the book you read for the month’s theme. Mention “Reading Challenge” as part of your review. Watch below to see how:

At the end of the year, a winner will be chosen from all participants for a chance at a grand prize gift basket.

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