Programs

— Center for the Book —

— Center for the Book —

Library of Congress

Wyoming Center for the Book is a Library of Congress affiliated program of Wyoming Humanities. The Center’s mission is to promote literacy, libraries, reading, writing, books, poetry, and celebrate Wyoming’s literary heritage.

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1 Sign up to join the challenge

2 Download the list of all 12 challenges

3 Complete the Reflection and Submission forms

4 Review the FAQ for any questions you may have

Join the Pronghorn Reads Challenge

Each month, we “challenge” readers to read a book that fits into a new theme. Free and open to all ages, participants can share their thoughts in a reflection form and also be eligible for prizes throughout the year. Everyone who completes all 12 months of reading will even be put into a grand prize drawing, including the chance to serve on Wyoming Humanities’ National Book Festival advisory committee!

It’s simple to join – and every participant will receive a small piece of Wyoming Humanities for taking part in the reading celebration.

The Challenges

January: A book borrowed from a local public library. What did people read this month?

February: A romance or counter romance book. Click here to see what others have read. What did people read this month?

March: A book by a Wyoming author What did people read this month?

April: A book of poetry What did people read this month?

May: A book published in the year you were born

June: An innovative book

July: A nonfiction book about a new subject to you

August: A book about Wyoming

September: A funny book

October: A collection of short stories

November: A book that takes place in a country you have never visited

December: Read the book that you have been waiting for an excuse to read

Letters about literature

Wyoming Letters About Literature promotes the excitement and value of reading and writing. Entries will be judged at the state level in three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. At each level, winners will receive a Bookshop.org gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third. Both individual and classroom entries are welcome.

Questions may be directed to Lucas Fralick at lucas@thinkwy.org or 307. 721.9243.

This contest is presented by the Wyoming Center for the Book, part of Wyoming Humanities.

See this year’s winners below!

2024 Winners

Grades 4-6:

First Place:
Hannah Persson - Lander

My Survival: A Girl on Schindler's List

by Rena Finder
Second Place:
Chelsea Colson - Cheyenne

Ruth's Ducks

by Michele Garza

Grades 7-8:

First Place:
Delaney Edwards - Pinedale

Star of Light

by Patricia St. John
Second Place:
Evangeline Schon - Cheyenne

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman
Third Place:
Maile Lovato - Cheyenne

The Babysitter's Club

by Ann M. Martin

Grades 9-12:

First Place:
Claire Hicks - Buffalo

The Percy Jackson Series

by Rick Riordan
Second Place:
Eli Patterson - Buffalo

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
Third Place:
Kevin Sullivan - Buffalo

The Cosmere

by Brandon Sanderson

Great Reads from Great Places

Great Read from Great Places is a nationwide program that features two books to represent each state at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Wyoming selects one adult book and one YA/children’s book that speaks to the state of Wyoming. Visitors to the National Book Festival have the opportunity to see the books, ask questions, and interact with a text that represents Wyoming.

Recent Selections from Wyoming

In a Land of Awe
2023 Official Selection

In a Land of Awe

by Chad Hanson
The Day the Earth Rose Up
2023 Official Selection

The Day the Earth Rose Up

by Alfreda Beartrack Algeo
My Ranch, Too: A Wyoming Memoir
2022 Official Selection

My Ranch, Too: A Wyoming Memoir

by Mary Budd Flitner
The Marvelous Invention of Orion McBride
2022 Official Selection

The Marvelous Invention of Orion McBride

by Tyler Roger

Book Club Kits

Have you ever wanted to start a book club, or do you need some help finding the right books? The Wyoming Center for the Book is here for you! Soon, we will offer book club kits that feature Wyoming-themed or related books for your club or event, designed to fit your needs.

Click the button below to access the kit via the Foundant platform.

Kits Include:

  • Copies of the book (up to 30 – more upon request)
  • Reading/discussion guide
  • Facilitator guide
  • Marketing information and logs
  • Programming assistance

There is no cost to ship the books, and we even offer a small stipend to help defray the costs of your event.

Fill Out The Application

Available Books

Democracy Under Construction

Democracy Under Construction

The book is a collection of essays of historic national and Wyoming contemporary figures discussing democracy.

More Opportunities


The Wyoming Center for the Book is always working to create and share more literacy and reading events and projects for you! As they become available, details can be found here.

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