Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups: Children's Lit

For 2017, I'm cutting back on reading challenges even more than I did in 2016 (which was quite a bit!) There are two children's book challenges though that I couldn't pass up. First, there is Julie's Newbery (and Caldecott) Challenge which was a lot of fun this year. I mostly read Caldecott books in 2016, but there are plenty more I have not read yet. And I've been wanting to read more middle grade books lately, so perhaps I will tackle more Newberys in 2017 as well. With Caldecott Honor books now counting in the new year, I'm going to go all out and aim for the highest level.

Host: Julie @Smiling Shelves
Goal: Konisgburg level which requires 75+ points

Caldecott Honor & Medal books earn 1 point
Newbery Honor books earn 2 points
Newbery Medal books earn 3 points

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The second kids' lit challenge I am joining is the 2017 Picture Book Challenge which couldn't be more perfect for me! Yes, I read picture books to my toddler son, but doing so has rekindled a love of these books for myself as well. I am always on the lookout for great picture books -- new and old -- and am repeatedly amazed by the depth, breadth, and sheer beauty of this "genre." I'm choosing the checklist option for this challenge which I think will be a great way to read a variety of picture books throughout the year.

Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)

Host: Becky @Becky's Book Reviews
Goal: Complete Checklist (yes, all 102!)

1. An alphabet book 
2. A counting book 
3. Concept book: shapes or numbers or opposites or colors 
4. a book set on a farm or in the country 
5. a book set in the city or in an urban area 
6. a book set at the beach, in the ocean, or by a lake 
7. a book with human characters 
8. a book with animal characters 
9. a bedtime book 
10. a rhyming book 
11. a book celebrating art 
12. a book celebrating dance 
13. a book celebrating music 
14. a book celebrating family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.) 
15. a book about feelings, expressing feelings 
16. a book with a twist (unexpected) ending 
17. a book about pets (cats, dogs, fish) 
18. a book celebrating libraries or reading 
19. a book translated into English (originally published in another language/country)
20. Mother Goose related
21. a book about adoption
22. a book by Gail Gibbons
23. a book by Jon Scieszka
24. a book featured on Reading Rainbow
25. free choice
26. out of print
27. wordless picture book
28. a book by Margaret Wise Brown
29. a board book
30. a book about trains or planes 
31. a book about cars or trucks 
32. a book about starting school 
33. a book about friendship (sharing, caring, forgiving) 
34. a book about being ME, about being unique, special, loved, etc. 
35. a fairy tale 
36. a twisted (adapted) fairy tale 
37. a book about a holiday 
38. a new-to-you author 
39. a new-to-you illustrator 
40. a book about new experiences (dentist, doctor, sleepovers, movies, playing sports, learning to swim, etc.) 
41. a series book 
42. a book celebrating food (cooking, eating, trying new foods, eating healthy) 
43. a book published before 1950 
44. a book published in the 1950s 
45. a book published in the 1960s 
46. a book published in the 1970s 
47. a book published in the 1980s 
48. a book published in the 1990s 
49. a book published in the 2000s 
50. a book published 2010-2016 
51. a book published in 2017 
52. a book by Dr. Seuss 
53. a book by Mo Willems 
54. a book by Jan Thomas 
55. a book by Eric Carle 
56. a book by Laura Numeroff 
57. a book by Patricia Polacco 
58. a book by Jon Klassen 
59. a book by Beatrix Potter 
60. a book by Kevin Henkes 
61. a book written or illustrated by LeUyen Pham 
62. a Caldecott winner 
63. a Caldecott honor 
64. a picture book biography 
65. a nonfiction picture book 
66. a book from your childhood 
67. a book you discovered as an adult 
68. a book celebrating writing, being an author or illustrator 
69. a library book 
70. an audio book 
71. a book about dinosaurs OR dragons 
72. nonfiction book about animals (or animal) 
73. a challenged book OR a controversial book 
74. a book that makes you laugh 
75. a book that makes you cry 
76. hate the text, love the art 
77. love the text, hate the art 
78. a book with a great cover 
79. a book with an ugly cover 
80. a book about toys 
81. a book about weather 
82. a picture book for older readers 
83. a book of jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters 
84. a book about seasons 
85. a song 
86. a poetry book 
87. a book by a celebrity 
88. a book published in Australia 
89. a book published in the UK 
90. a book about science or math 
91. a book about history or historical event 
92. a book about sports 
93. a book about celebrating birthdays 
94. a book about a President or world leader 
95. a book about another country 
96. a book celebrating faith 
97. a pop-up book, or, a book with cut-outs or flaps or fold-outs 
98. a bilingual book 
99. a television series that has been adapted to a book 
100. a book that has been adapted to a television series 
101. an adaptation of a myth or legend 
102. a book about babies 

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I've already been doing most of my (short) reviews over on Goodreads since stepping away from more formal reviews here on the blog, but I've also printed out the checklist to keep track with pen and paper. I'm thinking monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly progress posts here on the blog would be nice to share the titles I've been reading -- I'll have to see what works!


  1. Wanted to let you know that I've fixed the checklist. I've added in numbers 20-29. Don't know how I goofed up :)

    1. Thanks for the heads up! I hadn't even noticed, to be honest! But I've updated my list here as well :)

  2. I feel like these two challenges you will definitely be great at! I love that checklist! I would love some kind of progress posts on here to see how you are doing and to see what books you end up picking for the categories!

    1. I'm definitely going to try to get something together! I don't want this blog to be completely about children's books now, but some sort of round-up or progress type post seems like a good way to share them :)

  3. I was so excited to see that Picture Book Challenge! I'm definitely signing up for that one as well!

    1. It's such a good one! I love the variety -- a number goal is probably too easy for picture books, but the different categories keep things interesting :)


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