Beanstack’s Winter Reading Challenge


Phiona Smith

Ready to read. Beanstack’s Winter Reading challenge is a chance for MSD students to track their reading and earn badges that represent specific milestones.

Phiona Smith, Writer

Beanstack’s Winter Reading challenge is a chance for students to track their reading and earn badges that represent specific milestones. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School participates in this event, they challenge students to read during the month of January and keep track of their readings on the Beanstack website.

Students can access this website through the Clever app. Many other libraries and schools throughout the nation have also joined the challenge for a chance to win prizes such as book collection, signed books, and virtual author visits.

Beanstack’s challenge is designed to engage all age groups through exploring books, activities, and new ideas.

In Beanstack, all challenges rely on badges. According to Beanstack, when someone reads “x” minutes or books, that person earns a badge. When they read “x” for more minutes, they earn a new badge. And/or, if someone completes “x” activities, they earn a badge. Sometimes those prizes are attached to badges, and sometimes they are not.

Beanstack will send readers a weekly email/text recommending a book based on the reader’s age, interests, and tags created by librarians. Beanstack allows readers a very efficient way to track their progress.

This year will be Beanstack’s fifth year participating in the Annual Winter Reading project. Beanstack is the number one choice for reading challenges among librarians and readers. The web and mobile apps make it easy for administrators to set up and manage challenges, and even easier for readers to log and track their reading.

“Beanstack is a great way for students to enwrap within their reading communities and compete with their fellow students. I feel that students just need to get more engaged which will make the program better adapted in our school,” MSD librarian Diana Haneski said.

Public and school librarians are always looking for ways to better engage their communities, and Winter Reading is a good opportunity to do just this.

Students can see Mrs. Haneski for any additional information.