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What are the Reading Games?

The Games provides an opportunity to increase the quantity of books that our children read in a friendly, but competitive tournament. The 2024 Games will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

The Games expose kids to different genres, series, authors, or topics that they may not choose for themselves.

In addition, The Games facilitates friends coming together to discuss books while working as a team. 

The “WIN” is getting our children to read more and to enjoy reading!

Each team will participate in three rounds, competing against a different team in each round. Questions are trivia style about the books on the Reading List.

Who can participate in the Reading Games?

The Games are open to all District 58 children in 3rd – 8th grade. Students should form their own team with a minimum of five children and a maximum of eight children. Teams can be co-ed, all boys or all girls. While we will try to place individual students on a team, its best to pre-form your own group.


Each team will need an adult team leader to register the team for the event, act as a point person for all communications and help their team prepare for The Games competition day.

On Game Day, teams will also need a second adult chaperone as well as an adult to volunteer to help with the Games but who will NOT be in contact with their team.

What books will the students read?

Each team will collectively read 9 books (each child will read at least two titles) from a list selected by a Reading Games Committee Member, staff of District 58 (usually Teacher Librarians) and a Children's Librarian at the Downers Grove Public Library.

List 1 is for Grades 3 & 4

List 2 is for Grade 5 & 6

Kids in 7th & 8th grade who wish to participate should read List 2

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