Read Like Mad and Spread Literacy!

We’re back! Join us in a reading game which will benefit Madison Reading Project and at-risk children in South Central Wisconsin. This is a game for both children and adults. 


For eight (8) weeks read as many books as you can from the suggested categories (genres) on the game board. You’ll also be entered to win* one of our weekly prizes, and one our grand prizes. Stay connected with Read Like Mad on social media for extra changes to win.

Just by playing Read Like Mad, you're helping give books to a child in our local neighborhoods, so they can grow to have a love of reading too. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly back to Madison Reading Project (MRP). MRP is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit - your donation is tax deductible. 

*Only paid registrants will be eligible for the prizes. To be eligible for one of the top prizes, your completed game board and pledge (donation) must be received by 5:00 p.m., November 3, 2017. Please see our complete list of  rules regarding the prizes.


2017 Sponsors




Monroe Street Framing

How to Play Read Like Mad

The game will run from September 3, 2017 - October 28, 2017.

  1. Pick a dollar amount you pledge (donate) to read per book. For example, you choose to pledge $10 per book you read. A minimum pledge of $1 per book is required.

  2. Register to play. Registration includes a $10 registration fee

  3. Grab a copy of the game board.

    • Download the kids game board:

    • Pick up a copy of the September 1, 2017 Wisconsin State Journal for the regular game board.

    • Pick up one at one of our sponsor locations. (Available August 29, 2017)

  4. For each book you read either write the name of the book or a tally mark (I) in the appropriate category on the game board.

  5. On October 28, 2017, add the number of books you've read and submit your game board and your full pledge (donation) amount to Madison Reading Project.

Grand Prize


Rules of the Game

  • Play fair - Books need to be reading level appropriate.

  • Read your books in any order you want. Just read as many as you can during the eight (8) weeks.

  • No cheating - one submission per registered player.

  • Only count the books you're reading for yourself. 

  • Sharing is caring - share this game with your friends, coworkers,  
    and make it a friendly competition!



Weekly Prize



How Do I Submit My

Pledge (Donation) and Completed Game Board?

Once you've Read Like Mad, submit your pledge* either:

OR  mail your payment and game board to: 

             Madison Reading Project

            101 Agnes Court

            Mount Horeb, WI 53572

You may also email your game board to:  

*Example: If you paid the $10 registration fee, pledged $10 per book and you read 10 books, your donation is $100. If you didn't previously pay the $10 registration fee, your donation is $110.

Grand Prize (most read books):

Wisconsin State Journal:  Tour the WSJ offices,  attend a press meeting and have lunch at Liliana's ($100 value).  Additional goodies include a subscription to the newspaper, a Madison Reading Project t-shirt ($20 value) and a $200 gift card from Ian's Pizza


Second Prize (most read books):

Bare Knuckle Arts: An art (birthday) party for up to ten people (adults or kids) with two hours of instruction. Winner has until November 14, 2018 to have the party ($250 value).


Third Prize (most read books):

GrandStay Hotel & Suites – Mount Horeb, WI: 1 night stay  in deluxe king suite room ($189 + tax value).  And you'll also receive six (6) Dolphins Cove Passes from Prairie Athletic Club ($150 value).


Weekly Prizes (Random Drawings):

Every registered player is eligible for a weekly prize in our random drawing. Prizes include the following:

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream: Free single scoop ice cream coupon redeemable at any of their five locations. ($3.45 value)

Hallman Lindsay Paints: “Room Makeover” certificate for two (2)  FREE gallons of paint or stain. The certificate must be used on your next purchase of any hallman/lindsay brand paint and you have until December 31, 2018 to redeem it. ($50 value)

Inner Fire Yoga: $75 gift card

Madison Reading Project: One of our very own t-shirts ($20 value)

Mystery to Me: $10 gift card

Olbrich Botanical Gardens: twelve (12) month Garden Family membership ($55 value)

Schuster’s Playtime Farm: Family pass to the farm ($50 value)

Vike-Steinich Family Chiropractic: Gift certificate for free adjustment and an ice pack ($60 value)

Vitense Golfland: $10 gift card

Willy Street Co-op: $25 gift card and Willy Street Co-op bag


Reminder: Only paid registrants will be eligible for the prizes. To be eligible for one of the top prizes, your completed game board and pledge (donation) must be received by 5:00 p.m., November 3, 2017. Please see our complete list of rules regarding the prizes.


Announcing the Winners

All winners will be notified via the email address provided on their registration form. 

Weekly winners will be announced the following week on the Read Like Mad social networks. If winners have elected on their registration form not to be "tagged" in our social media posts their name will not be listed in the announcement. 


The three (3) grand winners will be notified on November 6, 2017.  On November 7, 2017, we will announce the winners on the Read Like Mad and Madison Reading Project social networks. Grand prizes will be awarded at our annual Thankful event on November 14, 2017 (save the date!).


Stay Connected During The Game

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During the game, we’d love for you to give us updates on your progress as well as pictures of you enjoying your books. Connect with us and other players via the Read Like Mad Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter profiles. We’re Read Like Mad on all four social networks.

When posting to your social networks or ours, please make sure to use our hashtag #ReadLikeMad so we can find you. There will also be opportunities for you to earn extra entries into the weekly drawings.

About Madison Reading Project (MRP) 

Madison Reading Project is a literacy-based nonprofit providing books and literacy activities for vulnerable children in South Central Wisconsin. Two thirds of children in poverty do not own books to read. It is their mission to provide reading material to children through book donations and fundraising efforts such as Read Like Mad, we as a community can support their effort. MRP is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit - your donation is tax deductible. 

Madison Reading Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

© 2019 Madison Reading Project.