Read Local Challenge

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you had an amazing summer … and yes, I know, summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd, but the weather is cooler, leaves are turning, and kids are back in school, so for me? It’s fall.

I love fall.

I love the whole crisp notebooks, new pens, and fresh slate feeling that September brings, shaking off the lazy days of summer and inspiring me to once again roll up my sleeves and work hard on my goals. And one of my biggest goals? To read more. So I’m in luck thanks to our regional …

Interesting in doing more reading as well this fall? Awesome, here’s some information from the SCBWI MD/DE/WV website as well as links for the full scoop on how you can be involved!

What if you found out that your favorite author also liked to hang out at your favorite pizza place?

Discover books by authors who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We invite all schools, libraries, home-school groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

Click here to discover which of our regional authors are participating and how you can invite them for a speaking engagement as well as learn how you can host a Free Read Local Kickoff Party! For a direct link to sign up as a host, click here.

You can also download full Read Local 2017-2018 Challenge Book List, broken down in three genres:

  • Picture books
  • Mid-grades
  • and Young Adult novels.

Interested in attending a kickoff event? Here’s what has been planned so far.

Read Local Kickoff Events:

Each of these family events will feature tons of book-centered games and crafts, and you’ll learn fun facts about all of our Read Local Challenge authors, as you get to know our featured authors and their books. Plus, you can win great prizes just by participating! Readers and writers welcome!  Spread the word!

Mon, October 2, 2017 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at James L Hamner Public Library, Amelia Court House, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Shelley Sackier, author of DEAR OPL, and THE FREEMASON’S DAUGHTER, and Sarah Sullivan, author of PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN, and ALL THAT’S MISSING.

Wed, October 11, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA: Read Local Kick-Off Party and Book Launch Event with Sara Lewis Holmes, author of THE WOLF HOUR.

Sat, October 14, 2017 from 11am – 3pm at Barnes & Noble, Ellicott City, MD:  Read Local Kick-off Party with SIX Local Authors: Elissa Brent Weissman, author of OUR STORY BEGINS: YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS SHARE FUN, INSPIRING, AND OCCASIONALLY RIDICULOUS THINGS THEY WROTE AND DREW AS KIDS, Amy Hansen, author of FIRE BIRD: THE KIRTLAND’S WARBLER STORY, Erin Teagan, author of THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT, Timothy Young, author of I’M GOING TO OUTER SPACE!, Erin Hagar, author of DOING HER BIT: A STORY OF THE WOMAN’S LAND ARMY OF AMERICA, and Veronica Bartles, author of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS and TWELVE STEPS.

Sat, October 14, 2017 from 11am – 1pm at James M. Duncan Branch Library (Alexandria Library), Alexandria, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Claudia Friddell, author of GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SPIES, and GOLIATH, HERO OF THE GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE.

Mon, October 16 from 6pm – 8pm at Point O’View Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA: Read Local Kick-off Party with Sylvia Liu, author of A MORNING WITH GRANDPA.

Sat, October 21, 2017 from 11am – 2pm at Annapolis Bookstore, Annapolis, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with Leah Henderson, author of ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL, CAP Saucier, author of EXPLORE THE COSMOS LIKE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: A SPACE SCIENCE JOURNEY, and Veronica Bartles, author of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS, and TWELVE STEPS.

Thu, October 30, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Phelps Luck Elementary School, Columbia, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with Veronica Bartles, author of the picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS, and the young adult novel, TWELVE STEPS and Laura Shovan, author of the mid-grade novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.

Wed, November 1, 2017 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolls, MD: Read Local Kick-off Party with Rebecca Evans, author/illustrator of SOMEDAY, I’LL FLY.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and happy reading!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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2 Responses to Read Local Challenge

  1. Quick updates for a couple of the Read Local events:

    * Mon, October 2, 2017 event at James L Hamner Public Library (Amelia Court House, VA) with Shelley Sackier and Sarah Sullivan has been rescheduled to start at 5pm (not 3:30)

    * Thu, October 19, 2017 event at Phelps Luck Elementary School (Columbia, MD) with Veronica Bartles has been rescheduled as well. It will now be on Monday, October 30th at 6pm with Veronica Bartles AND Laura Shovan. 🙂

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