As a former pre-k teacher I have always held a special place in my heart for children's books. They are the keys to opening a whole new world to children and the right books can instill a love of reading into a child. Books are powerful to adults, but they are ten times as powerful to a child. My thoughts for the challenge include a relaxed, fun approach and that you can read one of three ways: 1) Read each book for the challenge with a child/children and get both you and the child/children's perspectives on the book (it can be one sentence, a couple of words for the children). 2) Read each book independently (as I am going to do since I no longer teach and I don't see John's son every day) and review the books from your own perspective - whether that is of a parent, grandparent, teacher, writer, or just lover of children's books (I mean, they do rock.) 3) A mixture of both the options above. Here are the levels you can choose from: Papoose Level ~ Read and review 5-10 children's books Juvenile Level ~ Read and review 15-30 children's books Junior Level ~ Read and review 45-60 children's books Master Level ~ Read and review 80-100 children's books It might seem like this is a lot of books, but if you think about it some children's books are 10 pages long. If you are a parent or a teacher you are reading far more than this already anyway. So there should be a level for everyone- from the kidlit dabbler to the serious kidlit lover. Also to be noted:
The books you choose can be anywhere from an infant's board book to tween books like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory or Judy Blume's Ramona Quimby books. The line is drawn at YA. YA does not count for this challenge. Series in which the characters gradually grow up are okay as long as the characters are still 12 and under. So the first few books in the Harry Potter series would fit, but not the later ones.
You don't need to read a certain number of books in certain age ranges or certain types of books. Read whatever you want as long as it can be classified as a children's book. E-books do count.
You do not need to select what books you will read beforehand.
The reviews do not need to be elaborate- these are children's books! A paragraph will be sufficient. The point is to enjoy reading and to share what makes the book worth picking up or not. If you want to write longer reviews, that is great, too. It's up to you!
At the beginning of each month I will have a post where you can link to the reviews you have written and visit everyone else's too. If you write more than one review in a post, that is okay, too.
The challenge runs through December 31, 2013.
For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.