Mayor Brown’s Reading Rules Summer Reading Challenge


Dear Student and Parent,

In a continued effort to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 emergency, while at the same time continue to help improve our youth’s literacy proficiency skills, I’m pleased to announce that my 2020 Virtual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge is now underway.

Once again, I will partner with the Buffalo Public Schools in an effort to maximize the reading potential of our youth and encourage their developmental success. Since 2006, over 20,000 students have completed my Summer Reading Challenge and discovered that reading can be fun, exciting and rewarding!

While this year’s challenge took some creativity due to the COVID-19 emergency, we developed a great summer reading plan to keep the summer fun, engaging and rewarding for everyone who participates. This year’s virtual program is easy to participate in and it is open to any child in any public, parochial, private or charter school entering grades K-12 in any school district. All of the instructions and necessary information are included in this brochure.

Each child who successfully participates in my virtual summer reading challenge will gain automatic entry into my deluxe raffle featuring great prizes donated by area businesses and cultural organizations, including Children’s Books, Teen Literature, E-Books, Academic Supplies, Educational Prizes, Laptops, Kindles, Bicycles, Fitbits, Gift Cards, and more. We invite all of our Champion Readers to join me for a Reading Rules! Online Graduation & Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Sat, Aug 29, 2020 (10am – Noon) @

I encourage you to start my Reading Challenge today and wish you and your family a safe, rewarding and Buffalo strong summer. For more information, please call 851-READ (7323).

- Mayor Byron W. Brown


Step ONE

  • Download the Reading Rules Brochure 
  • Select 10 Books per Student! Free Books and Free Online Resources for E-Books are available at 
  • Free Book Giveaways will be announced in June on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram
  • Free Book Giveaways will also be announced at, PAL Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


  • Complete Challenge 1
  • Read 5 Books between June – July 6, 2020
  • Write 5 Book Summaries
  • Upload 5 Book Summaries by July 6, 2020 deadline
  • Register for the first Raffle Prize drawing contest (Raffle prizes will be drawn on July 10, 2020 and mailed to winners)


  • Complete Challenge 2
  • Read 5 Books between July – August 14, 2020
  • Write 5 Book Summaries
  • Upload 5 Book Summaries by August 14, 2020 deadline at
  • Register for the second Raffle Prize drawing contest (Raffle prizes will be drawn on August 17, 2020 and mailed to winners).


  • Receive a special message from Mayor Brown on becoming an official Champion Reader with automatic entry into Mayor Brown’s Deluxe Raffle featuring Amazing Prizes to include Bicycles, Bike Helmets, Laptops, Kindles, Fitbits, Backpacks filled with school supplies, and gift cards to Dick’s, Target, and more amazing stores!
  • Tune in to watch Mayor Brown’s Online Graduation & Awards Ceremony for Champion Readers, scheduled for Sat, August 29, 2020 (10am – Noon) at
  • Every Champion Reader will receive a 2020 Reading Rules Diploma, as well as a Bonus Prize Envelope filled with an assortment of prizes.
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