Monday, October 22, 2018

2019 Picture Book Reading Challenge

Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in!
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 1: Read six picture books of your choice.
Option 2: Read at least six books from the checklist(s) below.

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.
 
Monthly Challenges (You may define "old" and "new" for yourself.)

January
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

February
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

March
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

April
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

May
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

June
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

July
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

August
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

September
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

October
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

November
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

December
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

Seasonal Challenge

Winter
_ holiday of your choice
_ book set in winter
_ free picture book of your choice
_ free board book of your choice
_ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice

Spring
_ holiday of your choice
_ book set in spring
_ free picture book of your choice
_ free board book of your choice
_ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice

Summer
_ holiday of your choice
_ book set in summer
_ free picture book of your choice
_ free board book of your choice
_ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice

Fall
_ holiday of your choice
_ book set in fall
_ free picture book of your choice
_ free board book of your choice
_ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice
 
Alphabet Challenge (January - December)
  1. _ Title Beginning with A
  2. _ Author Beginning with A
  3. _ Illustrator Beginning with A
  4. _ Title Beginning with B
  5. _ Author Beginning with B
  6. _ Illustrator Beginning with B
  7. _Title Beginning with C
  8. _ Author Beginning with C
  9. _ Illustrator Beginning C
  10. _ Title Beginning with D
  11. _ Author Beginning with D
  12. _ Illustrator Beginning with D
  13. _ Title Beginning with E
  14. _ Author Beginning with E
  15. _ Illustrator Beginning with E
  16. _ Title Beginning with F
  17. _ Author Beginning with F
  18. _ Illustrator Beginning with F
  19. _ Title Beginning with G
  20. _ Author Beginning with G
  21. _ Illustrator Beginning with G
  22. _ Title Beginning with H
  23. _ Author Beginning with H
  24. _ Illustrator Beginning with H
  25. _ Title Beginning with I
  26. _ Author Beginning with I
  27. _ Illustrator Beginning with I
  28. _ Title Beginning with J
  29. _ Author Beginning with J
  30. _ Illustrator Beginning with J
  31. _ Title Beginning with K
  32. _ Author Beginning with K
  33. _ Illustrator Beginning with K
  34. _ Title beginning with L
  35. _ Author Beginning with L
  36. _ Illustrator Beginning with L
  37. _ Title Beginning with M
  38. _ Author Beginning with M
  39. _ Illustrator Beginning with M
  40. _ Title Beginning with N
  41. _ Author Beginning with N
  42. _ Illustrator Beginning with N
  43. _ Title Beginning with O
  44. _ Author Beginning with O
  45. _ Illustrator Beginning with O
  46. _ Title Beginning with P
  47. _ Author Beginning with P
  48. _ Illustrator Beginning with P
  49. _ Title beginning with Q
  50. _ Author or Illustrator beginning with Q
  51. _ Title beginning with R
  52. _ Author beginning with R
  53. _ Illustrator beginning with R
  54. _ Title beginning with S
  55. _ Author beginning with S
  56. _ Illustrator beginning with S
  57. _Title beginning with T
  58. _ Author beginning with T
  59. _ Illustrator beginning with T
  60. _ Title beginning with U
  61. _ Author or illustrator beginning with U
  62. _ Title beginning with V
  63. _ Author or illustrator beginning with V
  64. _ Title beginning with W
  65. _ Author beginning with W
  66. _ Illustrator beginning with W
  67. _ Title with an X ("ex")
  68. _ Author or illustrator -- more than one author, more than one illustrator (turning x into +)
  69. _ Title with a Z
  70. _ Author or illustrator beginning with Z
Sign up by leaving a comment. Do indicate which option you're leaning towards. And if you have a blog, please leave your blog address so I can visit you.

Reviews are not a requirement. But if you do review, you can share links to your reviews. I'm thinking of having check-in posts at the end of every month.

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5 comments:

Jamie Ghione 5:32 PM  

I'm in. I'm going to try the seasonal option.

Jamie Ghione 5:33 PM  

My sign up post
https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2018/10/2019-picture-book-reading-challenge.html

Beverley Baird 12:11 PM  

I read a lot of pix books anyway - but like the idea of celebrating the seasons thru pix books. I'm in.

Gloria Green 11:25 PM  

Going with Option #1. I teach elementary school, so I'll have the opportunity for more picture books.

Gloria Green 11:27 PM  

Going with Option #1. Since I teach in elementary school, I'll be around a lot of picture books.

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