Picture Book Reading Challenge for 2014


Please join me in a celebration of picture books in 2014. After tracking our book reading habits for (almost) every week in 2013, we’re inviting you to join in too.

If you’re a parent or carer of young children, you probably read more books than you think. The challenge for the year is to read 300 different picture books. This comes to 5 or 6 different books a week on average.

You don’t have to sign up, and you don’t have to join the linky every week, but you do need a way of tracking your books to meet the challenge. You can choose to track your picture book reading in whatever way you like e.g. blog post, Pinterest board, Goodreads shelf, Shelfari, Library Thing, GoogleDocs, Instagram, Twitter, notebook, paper…

If you want to tweet, the official tag is #300PBs, which I’ll selectively retweet. I’ll also comment on every blog post linked up and follow on whatever I’m already a member of (e.g. Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter). Tweet or mail me if I miss you 😉

Weekly Linky
There will be a weekly post every Monday where I’ll list our different books read for the previous Monday through Sunday. The linky will be open until the following Sunday. You don’t have to link up every week, or even any week (unless you want to enter a giveaway).

Monthly Giveaway
I will try to have a giveaway once a month, on the first Monday of the month. There will be a variety of prizes across all age ranges, depending on what review books we receive! Open to UK addresses only I’m afraid but if you’re based elsewhere and have someone in the UK I can send to, that’s not a problem.

Why 300 books?
Because it’s challenging but achievable whilst still reading that favourite book over and over again. There are 365 days in the year so it’s less than one different book each day. Young children will easily ask for at least three picture books every day, that’s over one thousand stories read in the year, so it’s just making sure that around a third of the stories are new to you that year. It’s also a nice round number.

I can’t afford new books.
You don’t need to. It’s keeping track of what you’re already reading. The count starts on 1st January and every book you read is ‘new’ the first time you read it in 2014. Even if you have no books in the house already, if you can get to a library once a fortnight and borrow 11 books each time then you can do it.

I work full time and can’t read with my children every day.
5 or 6 picture books can be read in two or three nights per week, but it will be more of a challenge to read 300 different books in the year. Can you challenge yourself to find the time to read 300 books in total if you can get two sessions of reading time each week?

Can I count the books children read to me?
Yes. I usually don’t, but if the only reading time you get each day is listening to a child read their school reading scheme, then use the time to enjoy the books as much as possible.

Do I have to review all the books we read?
No. You don’t have to list them all either as long as you’re keeping track. You can review favourites, or just write the titles down for future reference, if you want.

Do I have to join in the linky?
No. But you might want to do a monthly post looking at how you’re approaching the challenge of reading and pick out some favourite reads to share.

Does it have to be 300 different picture books?
That’s my challenge, but I understand that it won’t be possible for everyone. Challenging yourself to read 300 books to your child(ren) during the year, even the same book 300 times, is still a challenge.

Does it have to be picture books?
Well, that’s what the challenge is primarily aimed at (although I also included highly illustrated early readers if they were short enough), but if your children prefer having chapter books read to them, maybe make it 300 chapters instead?

I missed the start date!
You can join #300PBs at any point, but may take on a smaller challenge to compensate. For example, 275 books if you join in February; 150 books if you join in July. The title and tag will remain the same for simplicity.

Is there a badge?
Of course!



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  1. Emma T

    I’m doing my own Good Reads 50 books in 2014 challenge after doing it this year, and don’t think we’d manage 300 different picture books (takes my son ages to get into new books) but we might track our books along with you. Working full time definitely means short on time as often he’s too tired to go to bed with a book which is our traditional time, but we’re toilet training so books are being read in volume during toilet breaks!
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    • ChildLedChaos

      Do the 300 reads challenge instead of different, and I bet you make it in no time 🙂 I’m doing 52 books too for me, but need to make myself read more out loud for the children even though I love books!

  2. michelle

    I’m in! We read a ton of books and it will be fun to see how many different ones we actually read. My older daughter is keen on chapter books, but we always seem to make time for picture books. I’m going to keep my list on Goodreads at http://bit.ly/KlFmr3

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