I will be spending much of the rest of the semester creating and completing my own reading challenge.  I do not enter into a challenge or a plan easily.

My Thinking

Why Challenge and Plan?

When we challenge ourselves, we stay committed to continue reading.  A challenge gives me, as a reader, a goal.  When I work through a challenge, I do not have to question what book to read next – the challenge provides that for me!

I am also a big planner!  I have been planning my life since I was a kid.  Creating a reading challenge and a plan just seems natural to me.  When I work through a reading plan, I have goals and direction in regards to how much I read.

My Criteria

This past week I have spent some time looking at various Children’s Literature challenges and lists.  I knew that I wanted to read as many books as possible.  I also knew that I wanted the books to span a number of continuums.

I wanted to read books that were published a long time ago and books that were published recently.

I wanted to read books that cover many genres and styles:  picture books, chapter books, happy books, sad books.

So, what did I choose….?

Setting the Stage


My Challenge

I have decided that I am going to begin working on Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime.  This list, compiled by editors over at, contains picture books and chapter books.  Each of the books has a “tag line” to it.  They spread publication dates (from classics to recently released).  I think this is a good cross section of Children’s Lit and fits so many of my “criteria” for a challenge.

My Rules

I’ve also set myself a plan and rules about this challenge.  I know I will never read 100 books between now and December.  Instead I will be using this fall to take a big bite out of the list.  But, I need to set myself some rules.

  1. Anything I’ve read since August is considered done.
  2. Each week I will read 3 books.  1 will be a picture book.  1 will be a chapter book.  The other will be a choice book.
  3. I will read something new to me each week.  I can re-read some favorites, but each week I have to read something new to me.

How Can You Help?

Slide2My Current Thoughts on the Challenge

I am very excited to set out to read the 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime.  I am looking forward to reading books that are popular among children’s literature readers.  I’m also really looking forward to reading some books I wouldn’t normally pick up!

There are a few thing that will be hard for me.  First, choosing which books from the list to read will be difficult.  100 books is a lot of books, and I do want to eventually read them all.  However, where do I start?  I need you, my readers, to help direct me to books on the list that match my tastes and reviews of recent reads.  Some of the best books are the ones that others recommend.

Secondly, I know that limiting myself will be challenging.  I love to read and would love nothing better than to sit and read Children’s Lit all week.  Alas, I have adult responsibilities (booooo) and cannot do that.  So, recognizing and accepting that fact that this challenge will take more than a few months to complete will be essential for me.

You can see what I have read each week by looking at the “It’s Monday” tagged posts.  You can also see my overall progress on the “Challenge” tab at the top of the page.  Stop by each week, see what I’ve read, and recommend, recommend, recommend!

Let’s get reading….

15 thoughts on “Challenge

  1. This is a great and realistic challenge. It seems that you have put a lot of thought into and I hope the boons are great for you! I like the idea of you reading something new and I understand why you want to do that. Re-reading classics are fun, but we don’t expand our mental library unless we expose ourselves to the new. Great post!


  2. It sounds like you are very organized and determined to read. That’s awesome! I think it is very interesting that you want to read books published a long time ago. I bet you will find a lot of wonderful books to read. I wish you the best of luck on you challenge. You have set a pretty high bar with reading Amazon’s 100 children books to read in a lifetime. Happy Reading!


  3. Wow! I like how determined you are about your challenge, I definitely want to be as motivated as you are. I have heard a lot about the Amazon challenge. Is it something you can just start whenever?


    1. Amazon has lists of Children’s books, YA books, and other books to read in a lifetime. I am not sure if there is a specific challenge… I am just working my way through it!


    1. I agree! I wanted something that had a bit of everything…but not too many things that I have read before. What challenge have you chosen?


  4. I hadn’t looked very closely at this list before but it is an interesting one. Plenty of classics, but also plenty of new books. All of the picture books are excellent. Among chapter books, my favorites are Watership Down, Watsons Go to Birmingham, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Invention of Hugo Cabret.


    1. I’ve read Watership Down a number of years ago. I read Hugo this semester. Watsons Go to Birmingham is high on my to read list!


  5. That’s a great idea to attempt to read Amazon’s top 100 children’s books! Obviously, the books listed are going to be great reads and could be easily implemented into a classroom library. I may have to “borrow” your idea when selecting books. I also think that you chose some very achievable goals. My biggest concern was setting goals that I believe I could achieve; and I think you did that as well. Keep up the great work!


    1. Thanks! I really looked to find a challenge that gave me a broad range of reading, and I thought this list really did that. I wonder how many I’ll actually get completed by the end of the semester…..


  6. I think this is a wonderful challenge. It is very smart of you to set some rules to keep you on track, I tend to bargain with myself and end up on a different path than I need to be. I wish you luck in your challenge, I’m sure you’ll do great and find some awesome books along the way!


    1. Thank you! I think the limits will be KEY for me.
      What on the list can you recommend? I’m wondering if I need a bit more direction…


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