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Winter Reading Challenge

This winter, the Boston Public Library is challenging you to read a book by an author from each of six geographic regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Start reading on January 1! If you finish all six books by February 28, you will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to a local independent bookstore.

You can record the books you read in your reading log, which you can pick up at any Boston Public Library location starting in January. The reading log is available to download below starting January 1. If you want to keep your reading log, or cannot visit a BPL location to turn it in before February 28, simply record the books you read using this form.

Not sure what to read? Scroll down to find suggestions for each challenge. Sign up for our Winter Reading newsletter to receive reminders and more book recommendations. Contact winter@bpl.org with any questions about the Winter Reading Challenge.

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Staff Booklist Suggestions

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Suggested Books from Africa

Books from Africa

Are you looking for a suggestion for the "Book from Africa" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge? Check out one of our picks!
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Suggested Books from the Americas

Books from the Americas

Check out one of our picks for the "Book from the Americas" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge!
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Suggested Books from Asia

Books from Asia

Check out one of our picks for the "Book from Asia" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge!
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Suggested Books from Europe

Books from Europe

Check out one of our picks for the "Book from Europe" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge!
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Suggested Books from the Middle East

Books from the Middle East

Check out one of our picks for the "Book from the Middle East" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge!
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Suggested Books from Oceania

Books from Oceania

Check out one of our picks for the "Book from Oceania" challenge in this year's Winter Reading Challenge!
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Recomendaciones Para La Lectura De Invierno 2023

Recomendaciones para Winter Reading 2023

¿Busca ayuda con alguno de los desafíos de Winter Reading de este año? ¡Tenemos una sugerencia de lectura para todos!
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Early Readers and Middle Grade Books from Africa

Early Readers and Middle Grade Books from Africa

Are you participating in BPL's Winter Reading Challenge? Check out these suggestions for the "Book from Africa" challenge!
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Pictures Books from Around the World

Picture Books from Around the World

Check out one of these suggested picture books from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.
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Speculative Fiction Recommendations

Speculative Fiction Recommendations

Fulfill one of the 2023 Winter Reading Challenge categories with a science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel on this list.
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