Adventure

On Wednesday, May 29, we’re launching a national Summer Reading Adventure to celebrate 75 years of the National Book Awards! Whether you loved summer reading challenges as a kid or want to try one out for the first time, we hope that adults everywhere can join us for bookish fun all summer long.

Watch a book-to-screen adaptation, re-read a favorite childhood book, swap a favorite book with a friend—we’re excited to reveal our full Reading Adventure, and hear all about yours. Come back to this page on May 29 to interact with, download, and submit your Reading Adventure.

If you’re in the New York City area, you can pick up your Summer Reading Adventure along with a National Book Foundation Team Book tote in-person while supplies last at participating New York Public Library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Complete any of the Reading Adventure activities to be entered to win books, hats, ice cream, reusable water bottles, and more. If you complete all of the activities, you will be entered to win the grand prize trip, including airfare, hotel, and two tickets to the 75th National Book Awards Ceremony in NYC on Wednesday, November 20, 2024! Everyone who enters will receive a discount code for Bookshop.org and Libro.fm.

Interested in connecting with more readers in your community through our Summer Reading Adventure? Email Natalie Green, Director of Programs & Partnerships, at ngreen@nationalbook.org to learn more about receiving Reading Adventures to distribute at your library, bookstore, or community space.

Thanks to our prize partners at Books Are Magic, Bookshop.org, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Libro.fm, MiiR, Out of Print, and Wildsam!

Summer Reading Adventure is not administered by The New York Public Library.