The Classical Unschooler’s 2016 Reading Challenge for Kids of All Ages

The Classical Unschooler's 2016 Reading Challenge for Kids of All Ages


I don’t know what it is about 2016 but it seems like the internet has unanimously decided that we need a reading challenge. I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I have mentioned elsewhere that my personal challenge is 100 books read cover to cover in 2016. But, but, but… wait! In all these challenges, did we forget something?

Um, hello. What about the kids?

What are they doing all year? Don’t they need a challenge, too?

So, dear reader, I did it. I made a reading challenge for kids… well, of all ages.

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

The Basics

We start on January 1st, 2016 but feel free to jump in any time throughout 2016!

You can find the challenge here. It’s a simple Google Doc with 12 categories, one for each month if that’s how you choose to do it.

Save the list, print it and stick it up on your fridge – one for each person who is participating. The next time you’re wondering what to read next, pick a category that looks good, find a book that fits and read it!

When you finish, check off the task and write the title of the book and its author in the blank. Finish the 12 tasks and email me the completed list for each person before 10 a.m. (Pacific time) on December 31, 2016.

Endlessly Adaptable

The challenge has intentionally been labeled as “for kid of all ages.” The tasks are endlessly adaptable. Feel free to scale the selections down to the level of 6 and 7 year olds and up to the adult level.

As long as the book fits each individual characteristic, the age of the reader does not matter. And yes, of course you may read the books to your children if they can’t yet read for themselves.

The Prize

Of course there’s a prize. You didn’t think there could be a challenge without a prize, did you?

There isn’t just one prize. There are two!

Send me your completed lists (email is on the Google doc) and I will draw two winners to receive a $50 Regal Cinema movie gift pass each! Ta-dah!

So what are you waiting for? Get your kids on board and get them reading this year!

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Author: Purva Brown

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