We challenge you to read 100 books before graduating high school! Sign up at dekalblibrary.beanstack.org to register.
Starting at age 13, you can sign up to complete this challenge and win big! We know that high school is a busy time and 100 books is… a lot of books, but reading can provide stress relief, increase empathy, improve your vocabulary, and develop your writing skills. Also — IT’S FUN!
If you need suggestions for what to read, click here for our list of librarian, teacher, and teen-approved books. You can also receive personalized recommendations from DeKalb County Public Librarians by filling out the form here.
To complete the challenge, you must read and log 100 books and write 10 book reviews. Book reviews must be at least 5 complete sentences to count towards the challenge. We want to know what you liked AND what you didn’t like! Want more info? Scroll down for the FAQ.
All challenge finishers will receive benchmark and completion prizes (and the sweet satisfaction of knowing that you’re a super reader). Also, if you complete the challenge, you will be entered into a yearly drawing to win a big prize - an iPad Pro! Let’s go!
100 Books Before Graduation is a reading challenge for students ages 13 to 18. You are challenged to read 100 books of your choice and to write 10 (short but thoughtful) book reviews. If you complete the challenge, you will receive prizes and major bragging rights! Reading for fun will bring so much joy and depth to your life, and we want to encourage you to do more of it!
Students ages 13 to 18 can begin their 100 Books journey. At the time you sign up, you will have until age 18 to finish the challenge. This may be shorter for some and longer for others, but consider it part of the challenge!
Yes! You can join the 100 Books Before Graduation Support Group to learn about new books, get recommendations and support from fellow readers, and chat about your favorite (and least favorite) books. We meet the first Monday of the month from 5:00pm — 6:00pm. Sign up here!
It’s a marathon, not a sprint! If you are signing up at age 13, you will have at least 4 years to complete the challenge. Remember that you can include audiobooks, graphic novels, and manga. Enjoy the process, find books you love to read, and have fun.
We’re not asking for a book report! Just let us know what you liked about the book, what you didn’t like, who was your favorite character, were you shocked by that ending, will you read the sequel, etc. One full paragraph with five complete sentences will do.
There is no required list of books to read, but we do have a fantastic list of recommendations here. We encourage you to read books that are appropriate for your age and to read across genres and formats. Challenge yourself, but also have fun! E‑books and audiobooks count! Graphic novels and manga count! Want to read Moby Dick? Go for it, but remember it only counts as one book.
Yes! You can download a PDF to print out if you prefer a paper log sheet. Download printable logs for 100 Books Before Graduation.
No, while we encourage re-reading your favorites, this challenge will require you to read 100 different books.
No, for this challenge, everyone starts from the point they sign up.
Yes, if you have read at least half of the book and have written a review explaining why you didn’t like it. There are so many great books out there and we do not want to force you to read one you do not enjoy!
Yes, mandatory reading counts as well as reading for fun.
The 100 Books Before Graduation Challenge prizes include: a book light, a ring light, an insulated mug, a book of choice, and a very exclusive enamel pin. Prizes will be awarded throughout the calendar year, as you reach the book benchmarks. After you complete the challenge, you will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Pro! All prizes for the 100 Books Before Graduation Challenge are provided by the DeKalb Library Foundation.
20 books: Book light
50 books: Insulated mug
80 books: Ring light
100 books: Book of choice, exclusive enamel pin, and an entry into the prize drawing!
Wow, way to go! You may certainly continue reading and logging your books, but you will only receive the prizes one time. Make sure you are participating in the other Beanstack reading challenges throughout the year!