This year we’ve come up with a list of challenges to help children get out of their reading bubble and get a hold of some new and challenging titles. I wanted to post our list here, along with some book recommendations for each challenge. Make sure to stop into the library to get a bookmark of this list so you can check of challenges as you read them!
1) Read a book about Michigan.
- The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin
- The Wanigan: Life on the River by Gloria Whelan
- The Christmas Tree Ship by Carol Crane
- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
2) Read a science fiction story with a girl as the main character.
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Mrs.Frisby and The Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
- Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
- Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
- Oh No!: or How My Science Project Destroyed The World by Mac Barnett
- Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
3) Read a book with a cover you hate.
This ones up to your personal taste, but here are a few books we think are great, but have ugly covers:
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- I Stink! by Kate McMullan
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
4) Read a book published the year you were born.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)
- Home by Carson Ellis (2015)
- Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (2013)
for more books and dates, check out this list by publisher’s weekly just enter your year and book genre to find a list of recommended books.
5) Read a book written from the point-of-view of an animal.
- Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
- The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- Inky’s Great Escape by Casey Lyall
- How To Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
6) Read a book that won an award.
- Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Newberry, 2018)
- The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Newbery,2017)
- Wolf In The Snow by Matthew Cordell (Caldecott, 2018)
- Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall (Caldecott, 2016)
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Coretta Scott King Award, 2015)
7) Read a book that one of your friends is currently reading.
You’ll have to check with your friends to complete this challenge! In the meantime, are what some of your friends here at the library are reading:
- Number The The Stars by Lois Lowry
- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood
- Press Here by Hervé Tullet
- We Are In A Book! by Mo Willems
8) Read a book with pictures in it!
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
9) Read a book set in or about Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa.
- Magic Bone by Nancy E. Krulik (Brazil)
- The Yellow Cab by Marcus Pfister (Brazil)
- Saving Zasha by Randi G. Barrow (Russia)
- The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco (Russia)
- Chloe in India by Kate Darton (India)
- The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk (India)
- American Born Chinese by Gene Yang (China)
- Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young (China)
- Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo (South Africa)
10) Read a book of Poetry.
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
- A Kick In The Head by Paul B, Janeczko and Chris Raschka
- Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
11) Read a mystery book.
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
- The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base
- Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
- Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
- The Dot and Jabber Series by Ellen Stoll Walsh
12) Read a nonfiction book about your favorite topic.
- A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke (Sloths, Animals)
- How To Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look At Unusual Look At Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins (Animals)
- The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (People, Historical Events)
- Minecraft: Guide to Exploration by Stephanie Milton (Games, Computers)
- Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and A Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy (Sports, History)
13) Read a book older than your grandparents.
- Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (47 Years Old)
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton (55 Years Old)
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (67 Years Old)
- Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (81 Years Old)
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (82 Years Old)
- Winnie The Pooh by A.A.Milne (92 Years Old)
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (108 Years Old)
14) Read a book written by a Native American author.
- A Day With Yayah by Nicola I Campbell (Interior Salish and Métis Peoples)
- Bowwow Powow by Brenda J Child (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians)
- Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith ( Muscogee Creek Nation)
- The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
- How I Became A Ghost by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation)
15) Read a book about nature. For an extra challenge- try reading this book outside!