Welcome to the Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics!

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Registration for the 2017 Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics is closed!

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Need to pay for registration?

Please make all checks and money orders payable to “Philadelphia READS
and send to: 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103.
Please include your school and team’s name with all payments.

Click here for sample questions!

Click here for a full list of resources and related documents!

The list of books being donated by First Book Philadelphia to the first 100 teams to register is now available, here!

Confirmations of grant recipients are sent out on Fridays.


The Philadelphia Reading Olympics is a city-wide collaborative reading competition coordinated by PHILADELPHIA READS, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese, and the City of Philadelphia.

The Reading Olympics engages fourth through eighth graders from Philadelphia’s public, parochial, charter, independent and after school programs in a reading competition. Teams of up to 12 students collectively read the books on the Philadelphia Reading Olympics book list and practice working together as a team to answer questions about those books.

The teams come together in May at an assigned college campus location to answer questions about the books. The teams accumulate points for every correct answer during three rounds of competition earning each team member a blue, red, or green ribbon based on the number of points their team has earned. Volunteers from area businesses join with members of the community to ask questions and keep score.

When the community, schools, parents and businesses come together, EVERYONE WINS!


In 2003 five schools in the West Region of the School District of Philadelphia and schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in collaboration with PHILADELPHIA READS, started what was to become a large city wide reading competition.

In 2005 the Free Library of Philadelphia joined with PHILADELPHIA READS, the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to expand the Reading Olympics to the entire city. That year 84 teams of 4th-6th graders from all over the city came together to read and answer questions about the 20 books they had read.

In 2009 the Philadelphia Reading Olympics experienced tremendous growth. The Mayor’s Office of Education joined as a coordinating partner and Middle School teams competed for the first time.

The Philadelphia Reading Olympics continues to grow. In 2014, 151 teams, made up of 1766 students in grades 4-8, representing 88 schools and organizations from all over the city of Philadelphia competed at area colleges and universities.

Coordinating Partners

Want to learn more? Contact Philadelphia READS: 215-279-7450 ext. 205 or