A Year of Reading Challenges for Kids

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The goal in this reading challenge is for kids to read 12 books in 12 different categories in 12 months. I’ve purposely built-in flexibility to make this easier to achieve. Alternatively, your children can set their own 12 book goal if these categories don’t appeal. Whatever gets them to read and read in a variety of texts, that is the goal.

A Year of Reading Challenges for Kids

Use this yearly challenge to inspire lots and lots of reading.

My hope is that it will also help expand the genres your children read. You can use this to find new types of books to read that can increase their awareness of the world and develop empathy for others.

First, you can download this free genre graph to keep track of what genres you’re reading. You have my permission to make copies to use in your classrooms and libraries.

My own kids prefer fantasy but when they move to realistic and historical fiction books, I see how much their worlds expand. Have you noticed that when your kids move to other genres? Stories are one of the best ways to travel the world and walk in another’s shoes.

Maybe you could even do the challenge along with your kids? I think this will be tons of fun! What do you think?

Keep track of your books either in a journal or on Goodreads. I used to always track my favorites on Goodreads to remember what I read and know where they’re stored.

Read more about setting goals with kids here.

BOOK LOG ideas here.

Share the image on Pinterest and have fun reading!

a year of reading challenges for kids (to increase books read, improve empathy, and introduce new genres)

Need book ideas for the challenge?

Don’t worry. I have lots of book recommendations (with reviews) for children here on Imagination Soup. In fact, matching kids with good books is my favorite thing to do. (Even to random strangers in the bookstore or library.) I’m weird like that.
Try these links to find good books for your kids. Show them the lists or a selection of books you think they’d like and let them choose. Choice is important to kids!
Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more ideas and look for book reviews by age on the following pages:

Bonus Bingo Game

Here’s another fun reading idea — see if your reader will like this reading bingo game — new for 2021!

Reading Bingo Imagination Soup 2021

And don’t miss these book lists:

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8 Responses

  1. Marnie Ginsberg says:

    Just what my avid readers need! All of our girls don’t venture out of their favorite genres. I’m printing out 3 copies right now…

    1. hope it’s a fun challenge for your girls! (I’m the same as them sometimes . . . ) 🙂

  2. I am an English teacher and the mom of an avid reader. I do a similar challenge with my students and my own child. It is fun to discover new books this way – ones you may not have picked up otherwise.

  3. Liska Myers says:

    When I was a child, I really liked lists and categories. I still do. I would have loved to do this challenge, but for now will have to wait until my son is a bit older. Unless… it may be fun to do this challenge with a toddler! 🙂

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