I have a children’s literature reading plan for 2017. It combines picture books, early readers, middle grade novels, and teen novels. I’m planning to follow the ideas in the 2017 children’s literature reading challenge on this site, and these are the books I plan to read.
It was fun to choose the books for this list. Finding books to fit the requirements of the reading challenge list was like going on a scavenger hunt on Amazon, one of my favorite shopping sites.
The next step will be to wait for New Year’s Day, then start reading. I got this list done a few days ahead of time. I bought a few of the books already – so I’ll start there.
Last year I had a list similar to this, for not-children’s books. (It is a little embarrassing to say ‘adult books’ as that term was appropriated to mean something I wouldn’t want to read.) Anyhow, it was a lot of fun to read the books on the list throughout the year, and I’m glad this year I’ll be focusing on a list of books intended for youthful people. I’m young at heart.
My other goal is to review all these books when I’m done reading them.
That said, well, here’s my list! It is an eclectic combination of picture books, early readers, middle grade novels, and YA novels… covering the whole spectrum of what I consider “children’s literature” although it is a little iffy to call teens “kids” unless, like me, you’re old. When you’re as old as me, you can call 40-year-olds “kids” and get away with it.
2017 Literature For Kids Reading Challenge
1. A book about an animal you wouldn’t want as a pet.
Why I want to read this book: The book looks awesome… though I definitely don’t want a mouse as a pet. I’m interested in this little guy because he’s a former lab experiment, he’s blue, and he reads!
2. An award winning book for ages 8 to 12.
Why I want to read this book: Oakland. Need I say more? Well maybe. I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t care a bit about Oakland. For me, however, the city has a special place in my heart. For one thing, I was born there! My grandmother lived there and I visited her frequently as a child, and stayed with her. And I lived in North Oakland for a few years in the 1990’s. So, I want to read a children’s novel set in Oakland. It is also a Newbery Honor Book which means it is on my list of long-term-goal books to read.
3. A book set in Africa.
Why I want to read this book: This just looks awesome, though it didn’t get a lot of fancy awards like the one above. It is a coming-of-age novel about a girl living in South Africa on a farm. Her family lives in poverty, as sharecroppers.
4. A Michael L. Printz Award Winner.
Why I want to read this book: I have to read this… it is a post-apocalyptic novel – one of my favorite genres. This one is written for teens… and takes place on the Gulf Coast – a place I’m about to go visit. Can’t wait to read this!
5. A non-fiction book written for children and published within the last five years.
Why I want to read this book: I’m an artist, therefore, I like to read about artists. This child is part black, part Puerto Rican… and very talented. As an adult he became famous for his graffiti-style art. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 27 due to heroin addiction. I wonder how much of that will be mentioned in a book meant for children.
6. A book that takes place on a farm.
Why I want to read this book: This book has been on my TBR list ever since it was named a Newbery Honor Book. The time to read it has finally come.
7. A poetic novel.
Why I want to read this book: A Newbery Medal winner that has been on my TBR list for many years. I’m looking forward to it.
8. A book with black and white photographs.
Why I want to read this book: To find a book to fulfill this requirement, I thought of a great book I read to my son when he was about 10… it was a book about the Wright brothers and the invention of the airplane, written by Russell Freedman. I looked up his name at Amazon, and found that this is his latest book – published in 2016.
9. A book set in an area within 1000 miles of your home location.
Why I want to read this book: I live in the Spokane area – so I searched for a book using the name, Spokane, as a search term. Imagine my surprise when this book, another one that’s been on my TBR list for a while, came up first in the search results. I didn’t realize it was about a Spokane Native American. How exciting… I look forward to reading his story.
10. A book on this Amazon list: 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime
Why I want to read this book: I don’t remember ever reading this book, but I’ve always wanted to.
11. A book set in a country you’ve never visited.
Why I want to read this book: I’ve never been to Australia – and I was attracted to the plot because it reminds me of the plot of one of my partly-written novels. Mine takes place in Northern California. This one is about the Australian outback. I’ve never been there. I’ve never been off the North American continent.
12. Any book you think has a beautiful cover.
Why I want to read this book: The Lupines did it for me. Lupines are just about my favorite flower. One of my favorites. I also like other rangy-looking flowers like Nasturtiums and Alyssum. But Lupine – definitely a favorite! If my fifth child had been a girl he would have been named Shana Alyssa. But fate intervened, and he was named Aaron Shane instead.
13. A book written before 1920.
Why I want to read this book: This was written in the 1600’s and my pastor says it is wonderful. I tried to read it once before and couldn’t get into it. I think this is a rite of passage. This copy is updated English and has vintage illustrations. Maybe that will help.
14. A novel with a boy as main character.
Why I want to read this book: I have my reservations, but the main character is a boy and it is a Newbery Medal winner – so I’m going for it.
15. A rewrite of a fairytale or folktale.
Why I want to read this book: Looks pretty awesome. I always liked this fairy tale, and I’ve never read anything by the author so I’m looking forward to reading, and learning more about her and her writing style.
16. A book recommended by one of your relatives.
Why I want to read this book: This was on my 2016 reading list – and I didn’t get to it, but have a copy on my desk. I have to admit though – this book wasn’t recommended by a relative. My relatives are not into children’s literature… so this book is sort of like a place-holder for a space where I had nothing appropriate to say.
17. Any book with a W in the title.
Why I want to read this book: It is a Newbery Honor Book. There’s a W. I really don’t know much about this book, but since I’m a Newbery completist and this is on the list, I’m going to read it sooner or later and it might as well be now.
18. A book about a dog or cat.
Why I want to read this book: Whittington looks like an awesome cat… a story-telling cat. And this is a a Newbery Honor Book, in other words, on my TBR list.
19. A book on the Goodreads list of Best Children’s Books.
Why I want to read this book: I keep hearing about this book but haven’t read it yet. I look forward to getting my copy.
20. A book with red on the cover.
Why I want to read this book: I love this colorful, cheerful book cover. The girl reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. It is a Newbery Honor Book.
21. A picture book published within the last 12 months.
Why I want to read this book: This was published on October 11, 2016 and looks like a good story. Which turtle should wear that hat?
22. Re-read a book you’ve already loved.
Why I want to read this book: I know I’ve read this before. I was a Nancy Drew fan in third and fourth grade. It will be fun to read one of her books again. This was the first. I wonder if I’ll remember the ending before I get to it. Probably not.
23. Read a book about weather.
Why I want to read this book: I’ve wanted to read this picture book for a long time. I love snow.
24. A book with a number in the title.
Why I want to read this book: This is another Newbery Honor Book… and it is a mystery, set in Wisconsin.
25. A novel about a girl in a foreign culture.
Why I want to read this book: This was on my 2016 TBR list, and I didn’t get to it – but I have a copy of the book over there – on the table, next to the window. It is about a girl whose childhood is spent in two locations: Cuba and Los Angeles.
Well, that’s it. My children’s literature reading plan for 2017. I look forward to jumping right in – but I’ve got a goal of reading only ONE book at a time this year rather than three at a time. You see, I was reading one paperback and one on Kindle, plus an audiobook. This is not working for me. I want to train myself to read only one book at a time, and then to write a review about it.
Here’s to a great reading year ahead…