Picture Book Reading Challenge


I tend to think I read plenty of picture books with the girls, but as my own picture book manuscripts develop and my efforts to engage with the children’s writing community evolve I’ve found myself happily trotting to the library to pick out picture books of my own. So when ajschildrensbooks posted HERE about a reading challenge, my interest was piqued. I won’t be reading 1000 picture books this year – it’s just not going to happen. I whipped off my socks and did some quick math on my fingers and toes-turns out I don’t have enough fingers and toes for 1000/12 or even the modified 500/12-and decided those numbers just weren’t going to be reached.

Nevertheless! I want to challenge myself to read more picture books this year. I’m going to shoot for finding ten picture books each month that I really enjoy. I’ll have to read until I find them. If i find more than 10-Bonus! I’m guessing for professional development purposes, these books would ideally be those published in the last couple years, but since I’m still a kid-at-heart I’m not limiting myself. They can be ten books published recently or ten published fifty years ago or a mishmash.

Here’s where you come in. First, go read a kid’s book. Put on your big-girl/big-boy britches and just read one. They’re pretty fun and amazing and sweet and funny and all good things to read any day of the week.

Second, I would LOVE some recommendations. What were your favorite picture books as a kid? What are your favorite books to read to your children now? I’m only looking for picture books right now, but I’ll keep recommendations in other genres, too. Who knows what ridiculous math and reading fun I’ll have next year.

*I would particularly love books with diverse characters or global themes/ideas/settings that you recommend.*

I’ll return the recommendation favor by posting my ten picture books favorites each month. Gotta go work on a January post since I’m late to the party on that one.


9 Responses to “Picture Book Reading Challenge”

  1. A.M.B.

    Sounds like fun! We read lots of picture books in our house (I have three children; two have moved onto chapter books, but one is still a picture-book fanatic). Our favorites include Lillian’s Right to Vote (a recent favorite), Art & Max, The Gift of Nothing, The Dot, Tea Leaves, Zen Shorts, and Harold & the Purple Crayon (I have links to blog posts on most of these books on the “List of Featured Books” page–at the bottom of the page).

    Good luck!

    • RebeccaV

      Awesome! Thank you! I will check these out. Harold and the Purple Crayon is a favorite of my husband 🙂 I’ll check out the links!


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