Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fall Reading Challenge - reading tips, and bookwraps to enjoy!

Guest Post:

Fall for Fantastic Books: 
An October Reading Challenge 
for Kids

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Iva-Marie Palmer lives with her family in a book-laden house just outside Los Angeles. She is the author of two YA novels, The End of the World As We Know It and The Summers. She doesn't need to write a letter of advice to her 9-year-old self because that 9-year-old had already discovered the works of Judy Blume.


The month of October offers some very obvious reading inspiration: fall is in full swing and Halloween summons readers of all stripes to pick up books that lean toward the spooky side. These seasonal and perennial challenge ideas will have young readers haunting their bookshelves all month long.

  • Read a book that features a character who wears a fun costume or disguise.
  • Choose several of your favourite books and set up a small display for them at home, just like you would see at a bookstore or library. Pick a story from your collection of favourites the next time you’re stumped on what to read.
  • Ask a librarian, “What kids’ book do you think is underappreciated?” Then check out that book and give it a read!
  • Read a book about a character who is the same age or in the same grade as you.
  • Read a spooky story. If you don’t enjoy scary stories, read a non-spooky book with a traditionally spooky character (like a friendly ghost or a funny monster).
  • If you haven’t ever read in the bathtub, now is the time to try it! Just try not to get the pages wet.
  • Celebrate Dictionary Day (October 16) this month by using a dictionary to look up the definitions of five words that you don’t know. Write down the words and keep a lookout for them as you continue exploring new books.
  • Read a book told in diary or letter form.
  • Snuggle up in your favorite blanket and read a book independently or with a family member.
  • Read a book with no pictures and use your imagination to draw a picture of the main character.

Book Ideas for This Month’s Reading Challenge:

by Frank Berrios, illustrated by Ethen Beavers

by Shana Corey, illustrated by Will Terry

by Laura Shovan

by Michael Rex

by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

by Frank Cammuso

by DK

by Matthew Landis

by Troy Cummings

by Melissa Savage


Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday to you.  Hope your week went well and you get some time to relax this weekend ( with a good book of course!)  Try to sneak in a visit to your local library or your favourite bookstore if you can arrange a book-friendly field trip with your kids.  If your children don't have a library card yet I highly suggest that you pursue getting one for them.  It' a big deal to own your very own card and best of all it's totally free.  You can take this list of suggested Fall reads along with you and borrow the books if you find your finances cannot stretch to buy the books new.  There's always a way to bless kids with books!  Anyway wishing you and yours an amazing weekend and hoping to see you here again next week as we unwrap some more great books together.  Books bind us together. Read on.......

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