January 5, 2013

Introducing the Kidlit Read & Review Challenge

I have been looking for a Kidlit Challenge and other than a great one about reading classics in the month of January, I did not find one.  Maybe I missed it but since I didn't I decided to create it myself.

So...introducing the inaugural Kidlit Read & Review Challenge!

As a former pre-k teacher I have always held a special place in my heart for children's books.  They are the keys to opening a whole new world to children and the right books can instill a love of reading into a child.  Books are powerful to adults, but they are ten times as powerful to a child.  

My thoughts for the challenge include a relaxed, fun approach and that you can read one of three ways:

1) Read each book for the challenge with a child/children and get both you and the child/children's perspectives on the book (it can be one sentence, a couple of words for the children).

2) Read each book independently (as I am going to do since I no longer teach and I don't see John's son every day) and review the books from your own perspective - whether that is of a parent, grandparent, teacher, writer,  or just lover of children's books (I mean, they do rock.)  

3) A mixture of both the options above.  

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Papoose Level ~ Read and review 5-10 children's books
Juvenile Level ~ Read and review 15-30 children's books
Junior Level ~ Read and review 45-60 children's books
Master Level ~ Read and review 80-100 children's books

It might seem like this is a lot of books, but if you think about it some children's books are 10 pages long.  If you are a parent or a teacher you are reading far more than this already anyway.  So there should be a level for everyone- from the kidlit dabbler to the serious kidlit lover.

Also to be noted:
  • The books you choose can be anywhere from an infant's board book to tween books like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory or Judy Blume's Ramona Quimby books.   The line is drawn at YA.  YA does not count for this challenge.  Series in which the characters gradually grow up are okay as long as the characters are still 12 and under.  So the first few books in the Harry Potter series would fit, but not the later ones.
  • You don't need to read a certain number of books in certain age ranges or certain types of books.  Read whatever you want as long as it can be classified as a children's book.  E-books do count.
  • You do not need to select what books you will read beforehand.  
  • The reviews do not need to be elaborate- these are children's books!  A paragraph will be sufficient.  The point is to enjoy reading and to share what makes the book worth picking up or not.  If you want to write longer reviews, that is great, too.  It's up to you!
  • At the beginning of each month I will have a post where you can link to the reviews you have written and visit everyone else's too.  If you write more than one review in a post, that is okay, too.  
  • The challenge runs through December 31, 2013.
The sign-ups are below.  I do hope you will join me!  I think it will be a fun change of pace.  Please leave your direct link to the challenge post.  Thanks!

Happy Reading!  

UPDATE: The Mr. Linky never worked so I changed it to InLikz.  Hopefully there won't be anymore issues!

January and February Review Links 


  1. Count me in! I've already planned to review my first children's books of the year next week. Now I have a reason to keep going with it! Great idea.

  2. Love this idea, I love reading children's books and considering that I read to my daughter every day this is a perfect review challenge. It is always good to discover new children's books too!

  3. Yay! I am so glad you will be participating, Robyn!

  4. Excellent! I am excited! This is good for me to keep up with my reviews for children's books, too, as I have been slacking on it lately.

  5. Hey Becca. I am signing up. Couldn't on the Linky. Here is my first post: http://marireads.blogspot.com/2013/01/es-reads-2.html

  6. Yea, the Linky is messing up. I tried to fix it twice and it wouldn't hold. Sorry about that! I am so glad you are joining the challenge!

  7. yeah linky is missing. I can't join in but I would love to...

    I have a stack of childrens books from Netgalley to review so this fits in perfectly!

    Christina Condy
    this is where I post all my children's books reviews... :)

  8. since linky is missing.. will join up here via comments.
    one more challenge this year (:) way too many but here i go..

    i will link up my posts already completed for january by later today..
    i review children's books (board books to YA) on Mondays on my blog

  9. I think this is a great idea! I'm not big on challenges, I never do well with actually updating, but I think this is one that should work well for many.

    1. I am so glad you are joining, Candace! No pressure, just update as you remember!

  10. Thanks for hosting! I would have joined you last month but - essentially - I can't read! lol

    I misread the challenge requirements and thought you HAD to have a child available to read to while participating! Now that I know this is an option, not a requirement - count me in! :-)

    Create With Joy

    1. Haha! That is okay! You aren't the first one to misunderstand. I am so glad you are joining us!

  11. Hi Becca. Is there a post for linking up February reviews? I can't seem to find one. Thanks. :)

    1. Hi Mari, yes! It is the same one as for January! I will always have the links at the bottom of this post too. Here is the link: http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-and-february-kidlit-challenge.html

  12. I'm in. I just hope I actually make it to 15 before the year is out.

    1. Yay! You can totally do it! Your first review rocked. :)


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