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Reading Challenge

Mission of the Project

Travel restrictions got you down? Tour the world through books in the KIS Reading Challenge 2021.

The goal for this global reading challenge is simple. By June 3, read a book by an author from each of the 16 major regions.  The author can be writing from that country or writing about their own cultural heritage from the region. Roam where you want, and hear voices and stories from the places you “visit.” Students of all ages are welcome, as well as KIS teachers, administrators, and parents. 

How does it work?  

Everyone is going to feel differently about what are the most important, or most interesting, books to read. And that’s okay! All genres, and all types of stories, are waiting for you on this globe-trotting journey, hopefully leading to some fun discoveries!

Some suggestions can be found from the links on the right. The KIS library is ready to help students find titles. Pay attention to our newsletter, where our teachers will post their recommendations, and please, share your reading suggestions there as well, indicating for what age level you think the title is appropriate. Teachers will incorporate world books into their curriculum, where appropriate, and we hope parents will encourage their children to participate in the challenge.

The school will recognize everyone who participates in this challenge, whether they read 1 book, 4, 8, 12, or all 16! To help us track our community’s progress, complete this form as you travel around the globe through books.

Let's revive the culture of reading in just 3 steps:

Step 1: Choose a book
Step 2: Read it
The 16 world regions and some links to reading ideas:


Australia and OCeania

North Africa

East Africa

West Africa

South or Central Africa



West Asia

Southeast asia

south asia

east asia

eastern europe / central asia

northern or western europe

southern europe

north or central america

south america