Monday, January 31, 2011

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Reading Challenge 2011

Do you want a chance to "advertise" your reviews/blog? Are you looking for some recommended essential reads? Do you want a chance to win prizes just for reading and reviewing books? Are you still a kid at heart or are you a parent or other adult who works with kids? 

In case you haven't already noticed, children's/YA books are my specialty, and sadly, when I was browsing this handy blog that has a compilation of reading challenges, I only came across maybe two that were specifically focused on children's books.
I did, however, notice the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die reading challenge (based on the list found in the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die) on Catie's blog, Pub Writes.
I thought this was a pretty spiffy idea, and I just so happen to own 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. So I'm taking Catie's idea (after adding my own personal touches to it) and running with it. May I present to you, my first attempt at ever hosting a reading challenge -

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Reading Challenge 2011

Rules:
  • Sign up anytime between January 31 and December 30 (2011) using Mr. Linky below. I WILL NOT award entries into the giveaways (see below) if you are NOT signed up.
  • The official start date for the challenge is today (January 31, 2011), but I will accept reviews done any time in 2011. 
  • Grab a button to display on your blog. A post on your blog announcing participation in this challenge is appreciated, but not required. Just keep in mind, more friends, more fun!

  • Read and review as many books as you want from the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Die list (If you do not already own or wish to purchase a copy of 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Die but would still like to participate in this reading challenge, a complete list of the books can be found here on listology*).
  • I will be posting a monthly link-up-type-thing where you can come back and link to each of your elligible reviews. I will be having monthly giveaways for books that will work as follows:
    • For each challenge-elligible book you have a review for (per month) you will get 2 entries (for books in the 0-5+ age range), 3 entries (for books in the 8+ age range), or 4 entries (for books in the 12+ age range) into the monthly book giveaway. (reward subject to change) 
    • If you are reading a challenge-elligible book to/with a child and you include in your review the child's reaction(s) to the book (as I do in my Storytime Suggestion posts) or corresponding activities that go with the book, you will get 2 extra entries into the monthly book giveaway. And because I'm just so generous, even if it's NOT a challenge-elligible book, if you do this you can earn 1 entry (see? Even if you don't like ANY book on the list of 1001, you can STILL participate in this challenge!). (reward subject to change)
  • Books from other Reading Challenges can cross-over, as long as they are from 2011.



*If you ever notice this link is broken, please let me know right away. I will either hunt down another link or type the list myself, if I have to. Also, if you are looking for titles by recommended age, contact me and I can break it down for you.

16 comments:

  1. Awesome - i am looking forward to participating!

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  2. I love this idea! Going to get that book from the library tomorrow. :)

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  3. Super idea. I think this is a fab book with lots of hidden treasures in it so I hope I can get my act together to sign up!

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  4. This is a great challenge for me to join because I've already been planning to read/re-read and review some of the MG/YA books on this list. I've been wondering who else reads and reviews Children's/YA Classics. So thanks for the cool challenge!

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  5. Thanks everyone for the support! :)
    Natalie & Playing By The Book, don't forget to sign up! :)

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  6. My post on Wolf Brother is linked!

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  7. Looking forward to trying this one. I love kids books.

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  8. This sounds great! There were so many many many books I missed as a child, and I think I'll catch up with them now!
    I'm running a bit behind with life, so my entry post will happen some time this week.

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  9. Not a problem, Birdie. I definitely understand running a bit behind with life...

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  10. I just love the 1001 CBYMRBYGU book! So much so that I've been reading my way through it for a year or so. I'm about to read my 150th of 1001. There are a group of us reading through the 1001 at a yahoo reading group, anyone interested is more than welcome to join us. I have blogged the occasional book that I've read for it last year, but will try to do a few more this year. I'm so glad that others are inspired to read by this very interesting book.

    http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/1001childrensbooksyoumustread/

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  11. I'm not quite sure where to put the links for blog reading challenges, but I did my first challenge-eligible blog post today

    http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com/2011/03/whale-rider.html

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  12. I recently finished Heidi

    http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com/2011/03/heidi.html

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  13. Hi, I love your challenge and will post on my site about it today. I have been searching for more blogs that have children involved with doing book reviews. At BookBlogFun we encourage kids and parents to share online the books they are excited to read. Thanks!

    ~ Lauri Chandler
    www.bookblogfun.doodlekit.com

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