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I’m so excited for my reading goals this year! I’m following along with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge (more on that later!) and I’ve already compiled most of my reading list. Last year, I started to really focus on reading out loud to my sons and I wanted to put together a fun reading challenge for them too!
I’ve created six categories for you to get inspiration from along with my suggestions for each category.Choose as many or as few categories as you’d like and don’t be afraid to change things up to fit your child’s interests. You’ll notice a mix of chapter books and picture books. You might be tempted to think that little ones can’t listen to chapter books, but if you pick the right one, they’re sure to be interested. My sons play with their Hot Wheels or Legos while I read a chapter each day. I wasn’t sure if they were listening, but they can usually give me a general rundown of what I read.
My biggest tips? Don’t strive for perfection. My sons are active and don’t really like to sit down. There are days that they just don’t want to read or we don’t fit it into our schedule. When that happens, we just give ourselves grace and try again tomorrow. Second, don’t feel as if you have to spend a lot of money to do this challenge. Use what books you can find at your local library or what you already own. I’ve even gone as far as to use my library’s eBook service (Bridges in my area!) and the Hoopla app to find books that fit.
At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a free printable to help you keep track of what you’ve read!
A Book Starring an Animal
A Book Celebrating Diversity
A Book to Grow Their Faith
(These books can be worked into daily devotional time if you’re into multi-tasking like me.)
A Book About an Important Issue
God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (I wish this wasn’t even an issue, but it is. This book empowers kids without making them feel ashamed. It’s a must-have for any parent’s bookshelf)
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too (One of my son’s favorites. It lets them know how to effectively handle their feelings while helping them recognize that everyone has emotions. I love this one because it breaks the “men can’t have emotions” lie.)
A Book Featuring Siblings
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (On our list this year. I love the sibling dynamic this book brings. Plus there are so many good spiritual concepts. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” Insert my happy, content sigh. 🙂 )
A Book of Poetry and Essays
Are you excited yet? I look over this list and I get such large feelings of nostalgia. I know that when I was read to, new worlds opened up. I could see myself as the hero, I learned so many character values and those stories still spark joy in my life.
Happy reading in 2018, friends! May you create some magic of your own. ♥