Challenge yourself and your family to read!

I just started a reading challenge for January – March of 2011 and I’m really excited about it.  It’s not that a reading challenge is so profound, but it’s already got me thinking about what kinds of books I’d like to add to my list.  I’m joining other members of a Goodreads group to try to read books that start with author last names from A – Z.  These people are pretty serious about their kid lit (yea!) and so there is a complex point system that includes bonuses for new genres, Goodreads authors, and more.  The first book I’m reading for the challenge is Sherman Alexie’s Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which I’ve been meaning to read for some time.  But since X is one of the exception letters (it just has to be IN the name, not at the beginning), this counts for one of the hardest ones to get!  I’m loving it so far–sat down with it last night and am halfway through.

This would be a great challenge for kids of all ages.  Write the letters of the alphabet on a large piece of poster board and hang it somewhere in the house with a column for each family member.  Then write the name of the book read when someone is done and see how long it takes your family to fill up the chart.  Of course, whether or not you want to give out a prize for winning, a prize for everyone who finishes or everyone who tries, or just celebrate the joy of reading with exhilaration itself, is bound to differ from family to family.  But have fun with it!  This would be a great activity for a Spring or Summer break, a family vacation, or just something for the New Year.

Enjoy your books!

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