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Xtreme Reads Guidelines

Xtreme Reads is an additional reading challenge option for motivated readers entering grades 3 through 6; May 19 through July 30.

Step 1:
Go to the Beanstack Website for access to the Xtreme Summer Reading Program.
-If you've participated in an online reading program with O'Neal Library before then you already have a Beanstack account. Use your username and password to log in. If you don’t remember your information follow the links to reset your password OR get in touch with Ms. Morgan at for help.
-If you’ve never participated in summer reading at the O’Neal Library then create a new account.

Step 2:
Select the Challenges tab or click on the O'Neal Library logo in the upper left corner. 
Find the "2024 Xtreme Summer Reading" and click on "Register for this Challenge." 

Step 3:
Read a book that fits a badge listed below. On the Activity Badge page enter your book’s information (title, author, and number of pages) AND the required response. The Activity Badge icon should change from gray to full color and appear under the “Earned Badges” tab.

***Books must be 100+ pages.*** 

***Read a different book for each challenge***

***Challenges can be completed in any order.***

Each time you complete a challenge, you will be entered into 2 drawings: a weekly gift card drawing AND the end-of-summer drawing to win one of our grand prizes (one iPad Mini and other prizes). Grand prize winners will be announced August 1st.

More Prizes!
For every 5 challenges you complete you win 1 book from the book room, up to 9 books across both Xtreme and regular summer reading programs.

Download the Xtreme Reads handout in pdf format.

Head over to our book recommendations page

and scroll to find titles for almost every book badge!

Challenge Details:

Badges Read Post on your Activity Badge
#1 Summer In honor of summer reading, read a book whose title starts with one of the letters in the word ADVENTURE. Post five words that describe the book.
#2 Winning You're never too old for picture books. Read 3 Caldecott books.
(These books can be less than 100 pages.)
Which book was your favorite? Why?
#3 Movies Read a book with a movie or TV tie-in. Which was better, the book or the movie/TV show?
#4 Choose Read a "you choose" book.
(See our suggested books list for help.)
How many times did you have to restart the story to get a happy ending?
#5 Traveling Read a book set in a different country. Post which country the book took place in and if you’d ever want to visit there.
#6 Surprises A different genre will be posted each week on the Xtreme page. Read a book in one of these genres.
Week 1: Coming June 3rd
Post what genre you read. Did you like those kinds of books?
#7 Something's Cooking Read a cookbook and make one of the recipes.
(The cookbook can be less than 100 pages.)
Post what you made. Was it delicious?
#8 Birthdays Read a book that is older than you are.
(Check the copyright year to make sure it's older than you.)
Write the year and a review.
#9 Let’s Get Real Read a biography.

Write three things you learned from the book.

#10 Homework Read a book from your school's summer reading list.

Write a review.

#11 Friendship Read a book recommended by a friend.

Post who recommended the book and if you liked it.

#12 Author Read a book by an author you've never read before.

Will you read more of their books?

#13 Adventure Read an adventure story

Write a review.

#14 The Present Read a book published in 2024.

Post five words that describe the book.

#15 History 2024 is the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Read a book set in the 60's

Write a review.

#16 Librarians Read a book suggested by an O'Neal Librarian.

Did you enjoy the suggestion?

#17 Poetry Read a novel in verse or a collection of poetry.

Write your own poem.

18. Graphic Novel Read a graphic novel

Post five words that describe the book.


You can use a camera phone to make your videos. Send your video or picture to the email address
Include your name and the book's title, author, and number of pages in the email. 
Once your email has been received you'll be sent a code word to enter on your Xtreme Reads page to receive credit.

#19 Book Talk

Submit a video commercial for a book of your choice (not a book you used for a previous challenge).
Feel free to get creative!

#20 Reading Adventure

Go on a reading adventure! Read in some place unusual for you: on a plane, at the park, on a pirate ship, in another country, etc.
Take a picture of yourself on your reading adventure and email it in.