Take the Shelfie Challenge

Posted on May 11, 2020

by Greg Coulter

Now through December 20, 2020, students grades K-12 can receive a $10 Amazon gift card when they complete the Shelfie Challenge. 

The Shelfie Challenge is part of Indiana Humanities’ two-year INseparable initiative to get Hoosiers talking about the similarities and differences between us, both real and imagined. The Shelfie Challenge inspires Indiana youth to read books along this theme. Students will read about characters who find themselves in new and interesting places–stories that go from immigrating from Vietnam to stories about kids leaving the city to spend a summer with grandma in the country. These stories reflect the lives of Hoosiers all across Indiana. All of the books selected for the Shelfie Challenge get kids thinking about the differences between us. 

How can your child participate? Reading lists are broken into three levels:

Students need to read at least five of the ten books on their age-appropriate reading list. While they do, they should jot down a couple of notes on what they liked about each book. What did you find inspiring about each book? Finally, after reading five books, students complete a quick survey on the Indiana Humanities’ website before December 20, 2020, and then Indiana Humanities will send your child a $10 Amazon gift card. 

All of the books in this reading challenge are available on 

Did you know that any book your child reads during the month of May counts towards the La Porte County Public Library’s Reading for a Cause? Friends of the La Porte County Public Library will donate $1000 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to combat food insecurity in La Porte County. So, encourage youth to read, record their minutes, and let’s reach our community goal of 250,000 minutes!

Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No! You’re welcome). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.
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