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Xtreme Reads Guidelines

Xtreme Reads is an additional reading challenge option for motivated readers entering grades 3 through 6; May 18 through July 27.

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 "2021 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, but please complete all 20 original challenges before repeating any.***

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 July 29th.

More Prizes!
For every 5 challenges you complete you win 1 book from the book room, up to 8 books.
See the Summer Reading Calendar for more information about how to select and pick up your prize books.

Download the Xtreme Reads handout in pdf format.

 Challenge Details:

Badges Read Post on your Activity Badge
#1 Winning Read a Newbery Award winner or honor book. Click here for a list of suggested titles.
Does this book deserve to be an award winner? Why or why not?
#2 Movies Read a book with a movie or TV tie-in. Click here for a list of suggested titles.
Which was better, the book or the movie/TV show?
#3 Graphic Novel Read a graphic novel. (You may read more than one book to total at least 100 pages.) Post five words that describe the book.
#4 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?
#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: To Be Announced
Post what genre you read. Did you like those kinds of books?
#7 Fantasy Read a fantasy book. Write a review.
#8 Birthdays Read a book published the year you were born.
Book Lists:  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014
Write the year and a review.
#9 Let’s Get Real Read a nonfiction book.

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 Alliteration Read a book by someone whose last name begins with the same letter as your last name. (Ex: John Smith would read a book by an author whose last name starts with S.)

Your first and last initials and the author's first and last name.

#13 Diversify Your Reading Read a book written by a BIPOC author.
A BIPOC author is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Click here for a list of suggested authors.

Write a review.

#14 The Present Read a book published in 2021.

Post five words that describe the book.

#15 Solve the Case Read a mystery.

Did you figure out the mystery before the end?

#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. Click here for a list of suggested titles.

Write a poem.

18. Change It Up Listen to an audiobook or read an ebook.

Write a review.


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 Tails and Tales

Read an animal book (fiction or non-fiction). Create an animal costume from things you have around the house. Get creative!
Take a picture of yourself dressed up in your costume and don’t forget to include what you’re dressed up as in the email.


iPad Mini

Gskyer Telescope with Carry Bag.
Water Battle Set
2 Gel Blasters
Water Ballon Pack (350 balloons)
Squishmallows Pack
Jumbo Squshmallow Chuey the Dinosaur
12" Squishmallow Squish Doo Lexie the Cheetah
Lounge Around
Giant Inflatable Rainbow Pillow

Tie-Dye Party
Tie-Dye Party Kit
Mini Boom Box

Let's Get Baking Pack
Tovla Jr. Kids' Cooking and Baking Set
Babycakes Cake Pop Maker
Baketivity Cake Pop Baking Kit