Now in its 32nd year, the I Love to Read Challenge is designed to encourage a love of reading in third-graders at a time when students are developmentally adapting from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

The bracket-style elimination challenge encourages safe competition among classrooms with a focus on both personal effort and collaborative achievement.

I Love to Read is open to third-grade classrooms in the following WISH-TV viewing area counties: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Tipton

Teachers of eligible classrooms can register their classes starting Monday, November 28, 2022 through Friday, December 16, 2022 – 5:00pm EDT.  Students will start reading for the I Love to Read Challenge starting Monday, January 9, 2023.

Once registered, beginning January 16, 2023, teachers will make weekly submissions of total minutes read per classroom.  Advancement is determined by which class has read the most minutes per student in the previous week (not cumulatively).  This will be determined by the total minutes submitted by the teacher, divided by the number of students in the class (reported at registration). The classroom with the most minutes read per student will advance in the bracket.  In case of a tie, advancement is determined by random draw.  Minutes will be submitted weekly beginning Mondays and continuing through Wednesdays at 5:00pm EDT.  WISH-TV will send weekly reminders of submission deadlines. 

The initial I Love to Read Challenge bracket will be announced Friday, January 20, 2023 and posted at

Classrooms will advance as follows:

January 20 – 128 classrooms advance

January 27 – 64 classrooms advance

February 3 – 32 classrooms advance

February 10 – 16 classrooms advance

February 17 – 8 classrooms advance

February 24 – 4 classrooms advance

March 3 – 2 classrooms advance

March 10 – winner announced

There will be a reading log made available, however, the method of minute tracking by each student/classroom is at the discretion of the teacher as to not disrupt any current methods of tracking.


A survey of past participating teachers, was overwhelmingly positive and included the following feedback: 

  • “We loved this challenge! I had parents emailing me that their child would not stop reading at home. Some even read during meals at home. This was a great opportunity for kids to foster their love for reading. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this!“
  • “I received lots of positive feedback from both students and parents!”
  • “I enjoyed watching some of my struggling readers, challenge themselves to read more.”
  • “The kids loved the bracket style tournament. It allowed them to see how 3rd graders all over Indiana are working on their reading!”
  • “Thank you for really helping to “rev up” our reading.  Students were so excited to hear the results each week and were so proud of how far our class made it.  It was a great lesson learned of what we can accomplish when working toward a common goal!”
  • “My kids were reading more and spent their free time in class reading.”
  • “My students read more outside of school and were asking to read during any independent time they had. Some students even read during recess both indoor and outdoor.”
  • “Students were dropping everything to read and waited in anticipation each week to see if they advanced to the next level. Each week, their minutes increased and kids were so excited to share where they read, how long they read, and goals they made from the previous week. This competition is the best!”
  • “This has been a fun way to motivate students to read!”
  • “Several students challenged themselves past what they had initially read.”
  • “The student motivation increased and parent support with reminding their students to read was obvious from the feedback and positive compliments shared during this time. We were also recognized by our School Board for the efforts put in place and student excitement for reading. We also learned that just because we didn’t win, doesn’t make us losers, it makes us stronger and understand where there is a will there is a way.”
  • “My students loved reading; they would constantly read when they got their work done to track their minutes rather than playing games.”
  • “We love joining every year and hope to hear from you next year to continue reading with you all!”
  • “Thanks for organizing this for 3rd graders. I love this program!”