MCB 2023 Reading Challenge

MCB 2023 Reading Challenge Toolkit

Starting up your reading list for the New Year?  Looking for a fun, unique reading challenge to take on in 2023?  Then join us in participating in the Massachusetts Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge!

Read a book of your choice that fits the theme of each month’s challenge.

The themes for each month of 2023 are:

January: a book less than 100 pages in length

February: a book set in your hometown/city or state

March: a Mass Book Awards honoree

April: a collection of poetry

May: a book on nonfiction on a subject new to you

June: a book set in a country you’ve never visited

July: a book borrowed from your local library

August: a book in translation

September: a book whose author shares your first or last name

October: a bestseller from the year you turned 18

November: a book recommended by a local bookseller

December: a book published in 2023


How you or your library community can participate:

  1. Sign up at
  2. Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge
  3. After you read, fill out a short form to tell Mass Center for the Book about the book
  4. That’s it! If you read at least one book, you will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book.  If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books and Massachusetts goodies

To help promote to your library community & patrons:

Program resources including flyers and social media graphics.

Monthly challenge button images to use for beanstack, stickers, displays, etc.