It’s less than half way through KPL’s Chill Out & Read winter reading program and more children and teens have already signed up this year than last to earn cool prizes including a hot cocoa notepad and pencil with an adorable marshmallow eraser, a free book, and a coupon for a free donut creation from Strange Donuts.

By logging reading time, eager readers are also earning chances to win a Kindle Fire, a $25 Target gift card, or a Bag O’ Books that includes five new titles and other library swag stuffed in a KPL tote bag. Program participants can earn extra chances to win by checking off challenges including sharing the title of their favorite book or participating in a library program.

By December 30, 325 children and teens had signed up for the youth winter reading program compared with a grand total of 286 the year before. And there’s still time to enroll. Participants who sign up by February 16 can log all the hours they’ve read since the winter reading challenge started on November 23. But registered readers should make sure their tickets are turned in before the library closes on February 16 if they want to win one of the three chance prizes.

Grown ups can also enroll in the adult winter reading program to earn prizes and chances to win a Kindle eReader. and families can complete a Family Winter Reading bingo card for an opportunity to win a basket of cozy KPL goodies.

So “donut” miss your chance to earn wonderful winter reading prizes. Sign up today if you haven’t and, if you’re already enrolled, why not complete some challenges for extra opportunities to win one of the three chance prizes?

Need some ideas on what to read? Here are some favorites submitted by winter reading program participants:

Picture Books

The Good Egg and other books by Jory John
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and other books by Mo Willems
Mustache Baby and other books featuring Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
Same, But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Middle Grade Books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Blended by Sharon Draper

Young Adult Books

The Hate U Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Charlene Oldham is a Youth Services Librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. When she's not at KPL, she enjoys freelancing for local and national publications, cooking, and sharing food and fun with friends. Her list of favorite authors is forever fluctuating, but will always include Beverly Cleary and Lois Lowry.