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Reading Challenge

Library Enrollment

Celebrate Smokey’s 80th Birthday by joining the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge. This challenge will be available through the online Beanstack platform as well as a printable challenge paper log. The challenge will engage youth in reading about wildfire prevention, forests, and natural resource careers while they explore their local environment. The challenge is designed to complement the 2024 Summer Reading Program theme of “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” 


Libraries can run the challenge anytime from January 1st to November 28th, 2024. 


Challenge is geared for ages 4 to 10, but all ages are welcome.

What Libraries Get

Enrolled State libraries will receive at no cost:

(Note - we will ship items in early January to one central location within your State for internal distribution. If you do not have a State courier system, please note that on the form below so we can determine alternative shipping options.)


Enrolled States will be asked to provide basic follow-up metrics regarding program engagement to the USDA Forest Service. 

Enroll your State by answering the questions below. You’ll get access via email to the digital toolkit (which can be shared with all public libraries in your State), and your free incentive items will ship in early January. 

The USDA Forest Service may reach out to you regarding questions or clarification concerning the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge.

Thank you to the Georgia Public Library Service for helping to develop this program.

Note: Enrollment form should be completed by a statewide library representative. If you represent a library, or library system, within your State, please reach out to your appropriate statewide representative to enroll. Please email Rachel Bayer, Environmental Education Specialist with the USDA Forest Service, at with questions regarding the reading challenge and your State’s enrollment.