About Us


In 2003 five schools in the West Region of the School District of Philadelphia and schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in collaboration with PHILADELPHIA READS, started what was to become a large city wide reading competition.

In 2005 the Free Library of Philadelphia joined with PHILADELPHIA READS, the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to expand the Reading Olympics to the entire city. That year 84 teams of 4th-6th graders from all over the city came together to read and answer questions about the 20 books they had read.

In 2009 the Philadelphia Reading Olympics experienced tremendous growth. The Mayor’s Office of Education joined as a coordinating partner and Middle School teams competed for the first time.

The Philadelphia Reading Olympics continues to grow. In 2014, 151 teams, made up of 1766 students in grades 4-8, representing 88 schools and organizations from all over the city of Philadelphia competed at area colleges and universities.


Coordinating Partners


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Lead Sponsor


Want to learn more? Contact Philadelphia Reads: 215-279-7450 or  Readingolympics@philareads.org.