Patriot Reading Challenge

What is the Patriot Reading Challenge? The Patriot Reading Challenge is a reading program designed to increase reading  frequency and skill. Knowledge of selected titles is tested. Students compete as teams. Prizes are awarded to top-scoring teams. 

Who can participate? Students participate in three divisions: grades 2–4, grade 4–5, and grades 6–8. 

How are teams formed? Students form a team with three members in a designated division:

  • Division 1 = Grades 2–3
  • Division 2 = Grades 4–5
  • Division 3 = Grades 6–8

Students without a team may register, and program organizers will arrange teams of these individuals.

When must individuals register? Participants register by Tuesday, December 5 and pay the $5 participation fee. Register and pay HERE.

What books will teams read? Book are listed below. 

How do teams cooperate? Teams read the books in their division. Team members may read all of the books, or teams may divide titles among team members. Each team selects an “expert” for each book. On the challenge day, teams compete by testing their knowledge of each book. Questions are drawn from all books on the list.

How do students get the books? A limited number of copies of each title are available through the American Heritage School library. Titles are also available through other libraries and bookstores. 

What are the incentives? Participants receive a lanyard and pins and other prizes. For example, readers receive one pin for each book completed.

When is the final competition? The final challenge is on Tuesday, March 26 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. at AHS in Salt Lake City.

Important Dates and Incentives

Dec 5 (Tue) – Register by 12/5/2023. Pay the $5 to participate and receive a lanyard. For each book read, the student will receive a pin representing the book

Jan 9 (Tue) – Students completing 1+ book will be invited to join us for popcorn at lunchtime.

Feb 9 (Tue) – Students completing 2+ books get one scoop of ice cream, and an additional topping for each book completely read. 

Mar 5 (Tue) – Students completing 8+ books will be invited to a pizza lunch. 

Mar 26 (Tue) – Challenge Day! Students will gather in the Performance Hall at 3:15. The competition begins at 3:30 p.m. and finishes around 4:30 p.m


2–3rd Grade List

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker         

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Song of the King by Max Lucado

Believe and You’re There: When the White Dove Descended by Alice Johnson

Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? by Herman Parish

The Magic School Bus Rides Again – Sink or Swim by Judy Katschke

Judy Moody was in a Mood; not a good mood, A bad mood. by Megan McDonald

Benetropia by McKenzie Wagner

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth by Jane O’Conner

The Ember Stone: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #1) by Katrina Charman

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Tornado by Betsy Byers

4–5th Grade List

The Cat who went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Revolutionary Friends by Selene Castrovilla
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Winter Room by Gary Paulson
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimnh by Robert C. O’Brien
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Can you hear the Trees Talking by Peter Wollbeen
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznickj
Restart by Gordon Korman

6–8th Grade List

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box by Gale Sears
Enchantress of the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
Tennis Shoes among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger
Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott