Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

Help celebrate Smokey’s 80th Birthday by joining the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge! Join Smokey Bear in learning about wildfires and nature. Read books, take action, and have fun! The challenge runs through November 28, 2024. 

Get Involved

  • Libraries and Organizations

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    The Forest Service Southwestern Region can help create an engaging Smokey Bear Reading Challenge with story time and programs.

  • Calling All Readers!  

    All ages are welcome, geared for ages 4 to 10. To participate, find a library near you.

More Information

Libraries and Organizations - Learn More:

In Arizona and New Mexico, please Contact Us to get in touch with the Forest Service Southwestern Region and inquire how we can help you run an engaging Smokey Bear Reading Challenge.

Access the library digital toolkit which contains everything needed to promote and implement the challenge, including: Printable challenge paper log, posters, bookmarks, sticker/button templates, completion certificates, coloring sheets, “Pin the Hat on Smokey” game, Smokey’s Reading List, and printable prizes. Find graphics and images for online platforms, social media, monitors, and websites.

Parents and Kids - How to Participate:

Ask your local librarian or get started by downloading the printable challenge log

No Library Nearby? Join the Individual Program!

Everyone can help celebrate Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday by joining the reading challenge and learning about wildfires and nature. Read books, take action, and have fun! Review participation details at Smokey Bear Reading Challenge!