First Trimester 2012 Reading Challenge

Walter Dean Myers was named the new Ambassador of Children’s Literature and he quickly declared his platform to be, “Reading is Not an Option.”  Pretty much anyone I know who believes in the power of reading to transform lives (teachers, librarians, booksellers) is jumping on his bandwagon. Count me in!

So how could I resist posting another Thoughts From The Back Reading Challenge? The rules are simple. Read one book to fulfill each of the task requirements between January 1 and April 30, 2012. That’s only 10 books in 4 months, you can so do that. If you complete the challenge and let me know, I just might award you some prize or something. Prize or no, you’ll feel immensely satisfied with your accomplishment. Completing a CHALLENGE…it doesn’t get much better than that.

Here are your 10 tasks:

1. Winter in Houston feels like summer to my Yankee friends. Read a book set south of the equator.

2. The Houston Rodeo takes place in Feb and March. Read a western.

3. 2012 is a Leap Year. Read a book that contains a synonym for leap in the title or author’s name.

4. It’s a new year, read a new book. Read a book published during this challenge period (Jan-Apr, 2012).

5. For months 1-4, read a book that is a #1, #2, #3, or #4 of a series.

6. January 23 is Chinese New Year and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Read a book about a dragon or with the word dragon in the title.

7. February 5 is National Weatherman’s Day. Read a book with a weather word in the title.

8. March 2 is Old Stuff Day. Read a book older than me (pre-1959).

9. For St. Patty’s Day, read a book with a green cover. And drink a green beer, too.

10. April 16 is National Librarian Day. Read a book that has won an award or been recommended by the American Library Association. I recommend the Newbery Medal and Printz Award winners, but any book from this website counts.

For easy reference, the task list will be posted under the Reading Challenge tab at the top of this blog.

ALTERNATE CHALLENGE: Several bookstores I know (including Blue Willow) are urging people to accept the 12 for 2012 challenge. Read one book each month in 2012. Now that’s a challenge everyone should accept. Trust me, you mind will thank you for it.

What are you waiting for? Start reading!

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