I DO, I DO I DO! What a better way to prepare to encourage kids to become readers than reading as many children’s books as possible?! I alluded to creating a reading challenge in my Top Ten Tuesday post since most of those books were related to my reading challenge. Well here it is…WOOHOO!
My reading challenge is focused on reading books from a couple of 100 best books lists from A Fuse 8 Production. The lists I will be focusing on are Top 100 Picture Books and Top 100 Children’s Novels. I do not want to be stuck to these lists alone though because I want to continually expand my knowledge on what children’s books are out there. If I find a book that looks interesting or that I hear about from other Kidslitosphere blogs that I read, I plan to give them a try too!
Currently, I have not set a specific number of books I would like to read overall. I would mainly like to continue to read 4+ hours each week. I plan on reading as many of these titles as possible by the end of the semester. To achieve this, I believe I should focus on reading 1-2 children’s novels and 5-10 picture books each week. Even though it may sound like a lot of reading each week, it is right on track with my normal weekly 4 hours of reading.
I think reading a variety of books for any student can really benefit my future student. I mean, it’s not guaranteed I will get a job in the grade I think I would like to teach. If I am being honest, I would be perfectly content teaching any grade, therefore I need to diversity my children’s literature knowledge for all grades. That is why I chose this challenge. To help diversity and expand my personal knowledge. This way I will be able to inspire and create future readers!
As for support to finish my challenge, well…sharing is caring to be cliché. I have really enjoyed participating in the blogging community with my classmates, the #IMWAYR blog meme and the #TTT blogging meme. It makes me feel like I am reading for a purpose and gives me some great ideas on what to read next. Also, being able to communicate about books we are all reading helps give me some great ideas for my future classroom or even for the Children’s Center I work at.
There are SOOOOOO MANY great books and I am very excited to read as many as I can. This reading challenge is something I plan and hope to continue with even once this class is finished because of how much it will benefit my future students and I have really enjoyed reading children’s literature again…well reading for fun in general. Happy Reading!