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The 2020 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!

What’s the Hub Reading Challenge?

The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists titles. This challenge encourages participants to discover new titles and explore genres outside of your comfort zone. And for library staff, you’ll hopefully get to build your readers’ advisory skills and totally impress your coworkers and patrons.

How do I participate?

First of all, comment on this post and let us know that you’re in! If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link. And be sure to tag your posts #hubchallenge20! (If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.)

Once a month, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment to talk about what you’re reading for the challenge. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments. There will be an finisher form embedded in each check-in post, so once you’re done with the challenge, fill out the form with your name and contact information.

What books can I read?

Eligible books are titles with teen appeal that were named winners, honor titles, or top ten selections from 2020 awards and YALSA’s selected lists. We included as many options as possible. Click here for a sortable spreadsheet of eligible titles!  If you’d like to see the complete lists or learn more about individual awards, links with more information will be at the bottom of this post.

Challenge rewards




Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for a collection of award winning books.

The fine print

  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) between March 1, 2020 at 12:00am EST and June 30, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. If you’ve already read/listened to a title (before the winners/selected lists were announced), you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The challenge ends on June 30, 2020 at at 11:59pm EST.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on July 1, 2020. The winner will be notified via email.

More information about specific awards and lists


    • Elizabeth Elizabeth

      Greetings, colleague! :-)

  1. Erica Erica

    Yay yay yay! So pumped!

  2. Regina Renee Ward Regina Renee Ward

    Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for this announcement. This is one of my absolute favorite reading challenges and I’m excited to participate again this year.

  3. Brooke Everett Brooke Everett

    I’m in!

  4. Mary Mary

    I’m in.

  5. Julie Trapp Julie Trapp

    I’m in. Been waiting and checking in to see when the start would be.

  6. Anja Manning Anja Manning

    Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for this to start! I’m in.

  7. Catherine Catherine

    I’m in

  8. Beth Beth

    I’ve been watching for this announcement. I got derailed and didn’t finish last year, so I’m ready to focus more and read my heart out this year.

  9. Eve Waddell Eve Waddell

    I’m in! First year too!

  10. Leanna Chappell Leanna Chappell

    I’m in again! Third (I think) year trying to conquer the entire list, fifth or so year participating!

  11. Ellen Wickham Ellen Wickham

    I’m in!

  12. Wanda Bishop Wanda Bishop

    I am a school librarian and I am in
    for the challenge!

  13. Zachary G Zachary G

    Teen Librarian at a community Library, I’m in, and challenging my kids to do the same.

  14. Kirsten Dees Kirsten Dees

    Yeah!!!! I am so excited to begin the challenge. I look forward to it each year.

  15. Mindy E. Mindy E.

    Yay! I’m in!

  16. Jeanenne Jeanenne

    I am planning to participate. A few of the titles are already on my TBR.

  17. B. Dumont B. Dumont

    I am in!

  18. Ellie Ellie

    I look forward to this every year! I’m very excited to participate again – I always find new favorites this way.

  19. Diana Diana

    I’m in!!!

  20. Sara Sara

    So exciting! I participated for 7 years and then took last year off to participate in an Award Committee for my state. I hope to read 25 in addition to trying to transition into more adult reading material (thank you Alex Awards!)

  21. Mitzi Mitzi

    I’m a librarian and I want to join the challenge

  22. Cearra Cearra

    I am a Teen Librarian in Charlotte, NC and I’m in!

  23. Emily Emily

    I’m in!

  24. I’ve been waiting for this! I will be updating on Goodreads (Amy Wheatley) and through my library Instagram @mhhselibrary
    So many great books!

  25. I’ll give this a try, yeah! Count me in!

  26. Ciara Ciara

    I’m in.

  27. Connie Scharre Connie Scharre

    I’m in. I really am going to do this, this year.

  28. Samantha Warren Samantha Warren

    I’m in. \

  29. Marie Southwell Marie Southwell

    I am in!

  30. Kate C Kate C

    Question: Is there a reason New Kid isn’t on this list? It is a Middle School main character and it did win the CSK and is on the GGNFT list, so it is YA.

  31. Corban F. Corban F.

    I’m in!

  32. Teen Librarian in Rockland County, NY. I’m in!!

  33. Charles Charles

    I’m in – year 8 for me!

  34. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    Hooray! I look forward to the Hub Challenge every year. I’ve read some of the titles earlier this year, looking forward to discovering other goodies.

  35. Julie Trapp Julie Trapp

    Looks like we will all have plenty of time for reading – at least for the next few weeks. Made my last trip out in public yesterday to pick up 4 Hub Challenge books held for me at library. Stay healthy!

  36. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    I don’t see the Pura Belpre books on the spreadsheet? It looks like everything else is there.

  37. Meg Galbreath Meg Galbreath

    Teen librarian in Springfield MASS. I’m stoked!

  38. Kara G Kara G

    Awesome, I’m in!
    Library Media Specialist in Lexington, MA

  39. I am an Elementary School librarian and I am definitely in!!

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