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Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge

Here we are on the first Monday of summer vacation. We’re all still in bed. The 8-year-old is still asleep (that child will be a caffeine addict before puberty hits if we’re not careful). The 11-year-old is staring at his phone, watching inane You Tube videos and insisting that I watch every other clip. And while I’m sure that the dog smiling at its owner and the baby bear trying to climb a fence and the dog surfboarding on his owner’s back are all completely fascinating…I’m not paying attention. I snap at him irritably because I’m only 50 pages away from the end of my book and I cannot be disturbed.

And what grand plans do we have for our day, you ask? More of this, to be sure. I’ve only had one cup of coffee and I need much, much more. After a few boring errands, number one on my priority list is to get these children to the library. You see, I have a little surprise in store for them: a summer reading challenge. I’ve put together a list of topics for them – 10 in all – that we will spend the next 10 weeks working through. I think a book a week is a good goal for a tween. Younger kids will go through more books, and that’s great. But

I think a book a week is a good goal for a tween. Younger kids will go through more books, and that’s great. Each week we will go to the library, printed challenge in hand, to find a book that fits a particular challenge item on our list. And then we’ll spend the rest of the week reading 30-90 minutes a day to get through it. It’s a lofty goal, but I think we can swing it. And – bonus – if they’re reading 90 minutes a day, so can I! Winning!

So here’s my take on the Tween Reading Challenge. I’ll modify it slightly for my younger son, and I’m also working on a challenge for myself as well.

Sign up for my email list and I’ll send you a copy of the challenge! Please share your ideas for challenge categories and for books to fit the categories too!


4 thoughts on “Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge”

  • Okay…… I accept your challenge…Let’s read! FYI for the boys two of my favorite books when I was Landon’s age “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry and “Justin Morgan had a Horse” by Marguerite Henry. Marguerite Henery wrote over 60 children and young adult books and I still have my “Album of Horses” by Marguerite Henry. Do you detect a pattern?

  • This is a lovely challenge. The only thing I can think to add is a book that became or will be a movie. Every tween deserves a chance to say, “Ugh, the book was better.” Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” comes to mind.

    Now, for the critical question, did you get a chance to finish that book?

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