Superstars kick off the WrestleMania Reading Challenge in Atlanta

Superstars kick off the WrestleMania Reading Challenge in Atlanta

More than 100 teens attended a recent event at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's Central Library where on behalf of WWE, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Tiffany announced that Big Show, Mysterio, Kingston, Hornswoggle and Eve will be spokespeople for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge! (PHOTOS | WATCH)

The WrestleMania Reading Challenge will take place in the United States and Canada from Oct. 16-25, with a new, one-week format. Corporate support is being provided by Mattel, Penguin Young Readers Group, DK Publishing, TOPPS, Cold Stone Creamery, and E1 Entertainment. The initiative is being held in coordination with Teen Read Week, Oct.17-23.

Award-winning teen authors Joan Bauer and John Green will provide books for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge World Finals, and Bauer will serve as the judge at the Finals, which will take place Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Atlanta (the day before WrestleMania XXVII).

School and public libraries interested in participating in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge can register online at by July 31. Official rules and more information on the WrestleMania Reading Challenge also can be found at There is no cost to participate in the program.

As the WrestleMania Reading Challenge enters its fifth year, YALSA and WWE have modified the program to give it an even bigger presence during Teen Read Week. Between Saturday, Oct.16, and Monday, Oct. 25, tweens and teens in grades 5-12 may go to their participating school or public library to obtain a WrestleMania Reading Challenge Pledge Form. On the form, they must identify five books that they will pledge to read between Teen Read Week and WrestleMania XXVII. They are then eligible to complete a project to compete for the chance to be one of 21 finalists from the United States and Canada. Finalists attend WrestleMania XXVII, where they will vie to become World Champion for their grade categories.

Participants in grades 5-6 will design a bookmark illustrating a slogan that promotes reading. Participants in grades 7-8 and 9-12 will complete a poster on the following theme: Form a tag team of your favorite character from literature and your favorite current WWE Superstar, and describe or illustrate on an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper the strategy you would use to defeat the current WWE Tag Team Champions (as of Oct. 10). 

Staff at each participating library should submit their winning projects in each age level  to a national judging committee selected by YALSA. Seven regional winners will be chosen for each participating grade level. Each regional winner will receive a trip for two to Atlanta and tickets to WrestleMania XXVII in the Georgia Dome, as well as $2,000 and free books for their sponsoring library.

At the WrestleMania Reading Challenge World Finals, the regional winners will be quizzed on the contents of books written by Bauer and Green. Grades 5-6 will read Stand Tall by Joan Bauer, grades 7-8 will read Peeled by Joan Bauer and grades 9-12 will read Paper Towns by John Green. The finalist for each grade category who demonstrates the best knowledge of his or her respective book after a series of 20 questions will be named World Champion and win a ringside seat to WrestleMania XXVII!

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