The Classic Double Challenge
This challenge intrigues me because you pair contemporary fiction with classic fiction. Something that I think could lead more students into choosing and reading classics outside of the classroom. I'm going for the LARGE level - 3 pairs of books
The 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
I enjoy reading Fantasy and Science Fiction. I'm not sure what attracts me to these titles and I want to find out. This particular challenge will pair nicely with my own personal Cybils challenge listed below. For the YA/MG Fantasy challenge, you need to read 10 YA/MG Fantasy books released in 2012.
Cybils 2011 YA/MG Nominated Fantasy/Science Fiction Challenge
This challenge definitely needs a shorter name! There were too many books on the Cybils F/SF nominations list that I had NOT read. So, I am going to remedy that by trying to read 15 books off the YA list and 15 books off the MG list. Some of these will be decided when they release the finalist list on January 1!
I became interested in the ALA Printz award back in 2006 when I became a middle school librarian. I've been into it pretty much nonstop. In 2010 I formed the Goodreads Mock Printz group. This started as a part of a book group I was hosting at work and has grown from there. I've been trying to at least read the winners of the award but decided this year to challenge myself to read all the Printz Award/Honor books for the past 11 years.
2012 MG/YA/A Genre Challenge
Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer, has a book requirement in her classes. She challenges the students to read 40 books in a variety of genres, to stretch themselves, to become better readers. I take up her challenge with #bookaday and want to participate in this one too. Although her exact numbers to read in each genre may change with her students, I'm going with the original one published in The Book Whisperer.
I also want to read a variety of adult books so, I'm adding a component for genre books written for adults. Hence, the "A" in the challenge title.
2012 Battle of the Kid's Book Reading Challenge
Every year School Library Journal hosts a Battle of the Kids' Books to find the best book of the previous year. They get celebrity judges, authors all, to read two of 16 books and determine which will move on until only 1 is left. I discovered the challenge in 2010 and read 11 of the 16 books. Last year I read 15. My goal for 2012 is to read all 16 and try to pick the winner!
I'm creating a challenge page that will list a combination of books I want to read or have read for challenge.
Are you up to the challenge? What are your reading goals for 2012?
UPDATE: Adding a Newbery Awards challenge that will cover three to four years! Check out Watch.Connect.Read for details! Totally "stress-free" #nerdbery challenge! Yay, Mr. Schu and Mr. Sharp!