Black Hills Reads Events



Imagine. Imagina.

Black Hills Reads is pleased to garner once again with the SD Humanities Council to Brin the Black Hills the 2021 Young Readers One Book South Dakota, Imagine/Imagina, written by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.

To learn more about Juan Felipe Herrara and Young Readers One Book, click HERE.
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Black Hills Reads has partnered with the Statewide Family Engagement Center to provide supplemental materials for teachers and families.


The purpose of this event is to encourage and show the importance of literacy to all ages in your community. This toolkit is being provided to you by Black Hills Reads, United Way of the Black Hills in order to allow you guidance to host an event with all of the tools necessary! Black Hills Reads encourages the host entity to engage the community in order to get youth and adults alike, excited and engaged in reading.


Anyone and everyone is welcome to join– this is a community focused event! For every book read, you will get a strip of paper and you will write the name of your book on that strip of paper. The host entity of this event (that’s you!) will choose how entities/individuals will return the strips of paper and how they get them for when the event begins. Once you receive all strips back it will end by connecting all the strips in a chain link, representing how many books have been read in the community as a collective. You, as the host entity, will plan for a big celebration on a set date to ‘show off’ your efforts! Sound fun? We think so too! If you are interested, keep reading for more details on how to make this a reality.  


Any organization, nonprofit or for-profit may host the event. (this entity will be known as the host entity in this document) It is highly encouraged to allow anyone and everyone in the community to participate including local businesses, summer programs, schools, etc.
Any organizations/individuals participating will write on and keep their strips prior to the event. (strips are explained in first paragraph of this document)
Click the links below to register and get involved! Please email registration form or your interest in the program to Kayla Klein at

 Thank you to everyone that participated in our 2021 Read Across SD Challenge! Stay tuned for 2022!

Get Ready...get!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Race to Read Across South Dakota Challenge!

Click on the flyer to learn more about this program, and how you can get involved!

Click here to log your books!

Bonus Challenges

Don't forget to visit the Black Hills Reads Facebook Page for weekly BONUS challenges 









There will also be CASH prizes for the most books read!

To gain a little more interest, $650 in grand prize money will be added to the Read Across South Dakota challenge. They will be split up into four categories with prize money for the top reader(s) in each category:

  • Individual - $50
  • Family - $100
  • Organization - $200
    • Up to 30 people
    • Could include banks, preschools, daycares, businesses, etc.
  • Communities - $300
  • 30+ people
  • Could include school districts, a chamber-run event, libraries getting the community involved.
  • This prize money is for ACTUAL BOOKS READ. Does not include bonus books from the challenges.

Another prize will be added to incentivize the challenges we will be throwing out there (read to an animal, read in an unlikely place, etc.). We want more of our participants to post on Facebook, so we will be giving out an additional $50 OR $100 for the reader(s) who participate in the most challenges. 

Individual/Family - $50

Organization/Community - $100


Media Resources

"Read Across South Dakota" kicks off 2nd annual road trip - KEVN Black Hills FOX