The Reader's Cup

By Kippy Edge


  • 2 TV sports anchors
  • Pat, a field reporter
  • Referee/Librarian
  • 2 Super Readers
  • Several children to be the crowd

Although reader’s theater does not usually include props and costumes, the simple items suggested here can be used to enhance the program. If you want to really get creative, add cue card holders, cameramen and other things that make the scene look like a real sports broadcast.

Props (optional)

  • 2 Chairs
  • 1 Desk
  • 2 Books
  • 2 Bean bag chairs (or cushions that readers can sit on)
  • Fake microphones and headsets (anything to make it seem like a sports broadcast)
  • 1 Yellow handkerchief
  • 1 Whistle

Costumes (optional)

  • Jackets and clip-on ties for the reporters
  • Referee shirt


SPORTS ANCHOR 1: We are here today at the _______________Public Library to watch two amazing readers square off in competition.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: This is very exciting. I’m sure that you can hear the crowd in the background as they cheer for two champion readers.

(Two children enter and start looking for books.)

CROWD: Yay! (clapping and making noise)


SPORTS ANCHOR 1: Yes, Shhh, indeed! This is a library, after all. But back to our readers; they appear to be checking out books from our . . . . I can’t quite tell what section they are getting books from. Is that fiction or non-fiction?

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: I can’t tell either. Let’s ask our field reporter. Pat, can you hear me down there?

PAT: Yes, I hear you loud and clear.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Good. Can you tell me what kind of books our Super Readers are thinking about reading?

PAT: Yes, they both seem to be looking in our children’s section. But the champ is looking at non-fiction books while our challenger is looking at fiction books. The crowd is hushed with quiet anticipation.

CROWD: Shhh! (to Pat)

PAT: (in a hushed voice) It looks as if our challenger has picked a picture book from our fiction section, while our champ is still trying to find a book.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: I should point out that it doesn’t matter how long you take to pick out a book just as long as you find one.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: That’s right-just as long as you find a book you like.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Our challenger has already settled down and is reading his book while the champ is still looking.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: Uh oh, has our champ given up? He is walking over to the librarian and appears to be asking her a question.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Oh, no! He’s not about to throw in the towel. He is just politely asking for help. What kind of book does he want Pat?

PAT: I think he wants a book about monkeys. No, I take that back, he wants a book about money.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: The librarian has helped him find a book.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Look at the grin on his face.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: You can tell that he is happy with his choice. Now he’s pulling out his library card and is checking out his book.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Meanwhile our challenger continues to slowly read his book.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: That’s right, and he doesn’t need to zoom through it. Remember, this isn’t a race.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Now the champ sits down to read also.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: They both seem to be enjoying their books. Uh oh! I think the champ has skipped a page.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: No, it seems as if he has skipped two pages. He looks very confused.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: Let’s hope that he finds out what happened. He is now turning back two pages.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Yes, he has found the pages that he skipped and he is reading again.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: That’s why he is the champ!

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Both the champ and the challenger seem to love their books.

PAT: I think they are both ready to call it a day. The challenger has finished his book and the champ has put a book mark in his book.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: They are both up and ready to leave. I guess that the champ is going to finish his book at home.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Remember, he has checked out many books during his career and he always brings them back to the library.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: I think that the librarian is going to declare this competition over. Do you see any clear winners there?

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: I think they are both winners. They both read books and they both enjoyed themselves.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: The librarian is about to declare a winner. It looks like a tie to me also.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Listen to the crowd cheer!

(The Librarian stands between the champ and the challenger, like a referee between two boxers. The librarian starts to lift both the champs and the challenger’s hands, but before this can happen the challenger takes his book and sticks it in the book shelf. The librarian throws a yellow flag and lifts the champ’s hand.)

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: Oh, No! The challenger tried to reshelve his own book! The challenger tried to reshelve his own book! The champ is still champ.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: What an ending! I thought everyone knew that you should not reshelve your own books. Always let the librarians do it.

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: That mistake really cost the challenger.

SPORTS ANCHOR 2: Just listen to that crowd! What a glorious day in the library.

CROWD: (Cheers)

SPORTS ANCHOR 1: That will do it for this year’s Readers Cup. From all of us at the library, “Have a great time reading!”


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011