The 2018 Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens
Our 2018 Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens is back and better than ever! We’ve changed it up a bit from our previous yearly reading challenges to make it more accessible and flexible. Additionally, it should be easier to find relevant titles right here on Redeemed Reader, should you wish to do so!
How to Read Along
Directions: Ask your kids or students what challenge level they would like to strive for: Bakers Dozen (13 books/year), Quarterback (25 books/year), Weekly Reader (50 books/year), or the Grand Slam (100 books/year). ALL BOOKS COUNT: e-books, picture books, chapter books, novels, nonfiction “encyclopedia” type books, etc.
Each challenge builds on the previous, so if a child finishes one level and wants to read more, he or she can simply transfer check marks to the new sheet and keep right on reading.
For example: the “Bakers Dozen” Level is the top line/main category; successive lines are added under each category for each new challenge level. This is our “old book” category with all levels shown.
- An old book (i.e. older than your mom or dad) (check out RR’s “Retro Reads”) [Bakers Dozen Level]
- An older book (i.e. older than your grandparents) [Quarterback Level adds this line]
- An even older book! (hint: the Victorian time period and early 20th century include LOTS of fantastic children’s books) [Weekly Reader Level adds this line]
- A book more than 100 years old [Weekly Reader Level also adds this line]
- A book more than 200 years old (hint: fairy tales and folk tales are often quite old) [Grand Slam Level!]
- An even older book! (hint: Shakespeare and Shakespeare retellings count, as does the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress, Homer (and associated retellings), ….) [Grand Slam Level!]
- A book commonly recognized as a “classic” (something like A Little Princess, Treasure Island, Peter Pan, etc.) [Grand Slam Level!]
- Another “old” book of your choice [Grand Slam Level!]
We recommend printing off only the current challenge a child is working on; it’s less overwhelming for struggling or reluctant readers, in particular. For voracious readers, go ahead and print the Grand Slam Challenge, but remind them not to do all the “free choice” reading first! They will then have a more well-rounded experience on which to build their free choice readings.
The Team Approach: you are more than welcome to divide and conquer: take a challenge level as a family or classroom and divide up the books amongst yourselves.
Don’t forget to track your reading! We’ll check in periodically, but this is primarily for your family’s (or classroom’s) enjoyment! Depending on your approach, a journal the child picks out, a printed sheet with lines for titles, or a simple piece of notebook paper might work best.
Digital tracking can also be fun: biblionasium is a solid, free resource for kids younger than 13 (all “friends” go through parental approval); goodreads is the biggest, most well known free resource for kids older than 13 (and their parents). Motivational coupons and bookmarks for this sort of thing abound on pinterest; let us know how your family or classroom decides to operate!
Note: No “double dipping!” (don’t count a book simultaneously as a “fantasy book” AND a “new book” unless the category specifies a “re-read”). However, if your child is reading a book for school or another reading challenge (such as a summer reading challenge), and the book fits one of the categories below, by all means count it!