If you love children’s literature, this Literature For Kids Reading Challenge is for you. It encourages a variety of reading experiences for students and writers of children’s literature, or it could be adapted to encourage reading for children or teenagers.
Books in this challenge cover the globe, explore new cultures, take us into other time periods, and open our eyes to variety in children’s and teen fiction. Writers of juvenile literature can immerse themselves in multiple genres, to improve intuitive writing skills.
No specific books are suggested. You are free to explore book lists and come up with your own reading goals. There are twenty-five books on the list – intended as providing two reading experiences each month, with a bonus book for extra credit. Either toss out one book requirement, or add the extra book in sometime during the year.
To keep track of the books you’ve read, you could use Goodreads, or keep a list on your blog. To challenge yourself further you can write a review of each book on your chosen reading site or on a blog, or even on a Facebook page.
1. A book about an animal you wouldn’t want as a pet.
2. An award winning book for ages 8 to 12.
3. A book set in Africa.
5. A non-fiction book written for children and published within the last five years.
6. A book that takes place on a farm.
7. A poetic novel.
8. A book with black and white photographs.
9. A book set in an area within 1000 miles of your home location.
10. A book on this Amazon list: 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime
11. A book set in a country you’ve never visited.
12. Any book you think has a beautiful cover.
13. A book written before 1920.
14. A novel with a boy as main character.
15. A rewrite of a fairytale or folktale.
16. A book recommended by one of your relatives.
17. Any book with a W in the title.
18. A book about a dog or cat.
19. A book on the Goodreads list of Best Children’s Books.
20. A book with red on the cover.
21. A picture book published within the last 12 months.
22. Re-read a book you’ve already loved.
23. Read a book about weather.
24. A book with a number in the title.
25. A novel about a girl in a foreign culture.