FAQs

A: To foster a love of reading and to teach cooperation and teamwork.

Getting Started/Registration

A: Good news! We’ve found new partners and will be able to re-open the registration for the 2016 Reading Olympics. Read this letter and follow the registration link found within it.

Once you are registered on the link above, pay here using our donation page.

  • Under “How much would you like to donate today?” select “Other” and enter $25 (or $50 if you are registering two teams).
  • Under “If you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know”:
    • For “I want my donation to be designated toward” select Reading Olympics from the drop-down menu.
    • For “I want my donation to be dedicated to,” please enter your school name, number of teams and level (intermediate or middle school).

Following these steps will ensure that your payment is noted.

A: You will receive an immediate confirmation that your registration has been submitted successfully and a contract to be signed by the team coach and the principal will be sent to you. The contract must be signed and returned in order for the registration to be valid.

A: January 15th is our deadline, but registration will close when all slots are filled should that happen sooner.

A: If a team drops out, or more space is secured you will be called in the order that you registered.

A: You may register:

  • Intermediate teams – Up to 2 teams of 12 students, plus 2 alternates for each team.
  • Middle School teams – Up to 2 teams of 12 students, plus 2 alternates for each team.

No more than 14 students per team may attend the competition in May for either age group.

A: Not necessarily, the Middle School competition is usually held on a different day or week. The dates are determined by the colleges and universities that host the competitions.

A: We have limited space at our host colleges and universities. We’d like as many schools/groups to participate as possible.

A: Registration is now full. We are taking registrations for the waiting list.

Read this letter and follow the registration link found within it.

A: You will receive an immediate confirmation that your registration has been submitted successfully and a contract to be signed by the team coach and the principal will be sent to you. The contract must be signed and returned in order for the registration to be valid.

A: January 15th is our deadline, but registration will close when all slots are filled should that happen sooner.

A: If a team drops out, or more space is secured you will be called in the order that you registered.

A: You may register:

  • Intermediate teams – Up to 2 teams of 12 students, plus 2 alternates for each team.
  • Middle School teams – Up to 2 teams of 12 students, plus 2 alternates for each team.

No more than 14 students per team may attend the competition in May for either age group.

A: Not necessarily, the Middle School competition is usually held on a different day or week. The dates are determined by the colleges and universities that host the competitions.

A: We have limited space at our host colleges and universities. We’d like as many schools/groups to participate as possible.

The Books

Download the 2016 Book Lists here.

A:  Teams are responsible for finding their own books. Once we receive your completed registration, you will receive information on purchasing books at a discount through Towne Book Center and Café, http://www.townebc.com/). Additionally, Children’s Book World(http://www.childrensbookworld.net/) is a vendor we have worked with. Both vendors will accept purchase orders.  Often the Philadelphia READS Book Bank has some of the books; stop in on Wednesday afternoons during the school year. See the Philadelphia READS website(www.philareads.org) for more information.

A: Each team is responsible for having read all the titles on the lists. Each team will be asked questions about each of the books. There are no exceptions.

A: Sample questions will be provided on the website.

A: A committee of librarians and educators carefully choose titles that represent a wide range of interest and ability. The list includes books that reflect the cultures and ethnicities of the city of Philadelphia.

A: We recommend that the teams are made up of a mix of the three grades and therefore we provide books with a range of reading levels. We hope that teams are composed of a variety of readers and not just the “best readers” in the school. Remember, our goal is to foster a love of reading!

The Team Coach

A: The primary task of the team coach is to “hook” your students on books. The team coach

  • makes sure the team is fully prepared to compete,
  • is responsible for making the books available to the students,
  • arranges transportation for the team to get to and from the competition and
  • communicates with the Reading Olympics staff as required.

For more information on expectations see the Intermediate Coach Manual or the Middle School Coach Manual.

The Competition

A: You will receive an email in late January or early February after registration has closed.

A: Registration begins at about 9:30. There are 3 rounds of competition. The first round usually begins about 10 am. The actual time depends upon the arrival of teams. Each round lasts approximately ½ hour. The award ceremony begins as soon as the third round is completed. We try to begin as early as possible so that we can have everyone back on his or her buses no later than 12:30.

A: The colleges and universities that we use to hold our competitions are able to provide the space we need during the week between the spring semester and the first summer session.

A: Most of the colleges and universities do not allow food in their classrooms and auditoriums. In addition, we have no funds to purchase lunch for the students. Many schools have lunch celebrations for their teams when they return to school.

A: The moderators and scorekeepers are volunteers. We require about 200 volunteers to run the Philadelphia Reading Olympics. We rely on businesses, civic groups and retirees to serve as volunteers. We are grateful for their help and cannot require them to read the books.

A: Our goal is to foster a love of reading and to teach cooperation and teamwork.

A: Yes! You can make a donation the Philadelphia READS. Your generous donation supports Reading Olympics and the other Philadelphia Reads core programs.

A: Call or email Philadelphia Reads: 215-279-7450 or Readingolympics@philareads.org.