Award Winning Reads Challenge

Here's the deets. The challenge is to read as many Newbery and Printz award winners or nominees as you can squeeze in between Memorial Day and Labor Day- May 30th until September 5th.

There will be 4 levels of participation-

Level 1- Underachiever: Read 3 books

Level 2- Nerd: Read 6 books

Level 3- Brainiac: Read 9 books

Level 4- Teacher's Pet: Read 12 books

No matter which level you chose to participate in, you must read at least one book from each of the award lists. You can focus primarily on one or the other, but there must be at least one Printz honor/award and one Newbery honor/award.

And there are prizes, people! This is co-sponsored by Ashley at Books From Bleh To Basically Amazing and Jacinda at The Reading Housewives so I want to thank them both for this extra incentive to clear out my TBR stack.

I've signed up at the Brainiac level and the nine books I'm planning on reading are:
  1. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  3. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  4. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  5. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  6. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 
  9. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
My kids have read several of these already and they were thrilled when I showed them my list. They immediately told me which ones I should read first and how much they liked this character or that one. I love to see them get excited about books. I hope they'll end up reading the ones they haven't already read yet too.

Have you read any of these? Did any of them make your favorites list? Are there any award winners I'm missing out on that I should add to my list?


Rogue Mutt said...

Can you count the award-winning ones you've already read?

Ashley said...

Thanks so much for participating with us!! Your list is AMAZING! Love it!!

I cannot wait to hear what you think about the books you've picked, and I LOVE that your kids are so excited about your participation! (Umm... Maybe you could include them somehow? :) )

@Rogue Mutt- If you mean as rereads, you are allowed to reread one book for each level. (Level 1 can include 1 reread, and so forth)

The books do have to be read during the challenge months, but if you do sign up to participate, you can post a new review of a previously read title to get an extra entry.

Hope that answers your question! :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh what a fun thing to do!! If I was participating, I'd be well below the underachiever being a very slooooooow reader!! LOL!

Good luck!! It's great that your kids are enjoying the challenge too! Take care

erica and christy said...

Ooh. I love this challenge. If I were to commit, though, I'd have to sign up for underachiever. I've got too much on my plate right now! I've already read Bridge to Terabithia. You'll need kleenex! Christy (good luck and enjoy your book picks!)

Angela Scott said...

The Book Thief is really, really good. You'll like that one.

Good luck with the challenge!

Jen Daiker said...

I love watching these challenges unfold. It's fascinating to see how many people can read as much as they can fit in during that time frame. I would join but my husband gets a few weeks in there where he's not super busy so I'll be too busy spending it with him to make any important desicions! I'll be rooting for all who enter though!

Madeleine said...

Oh wow I really like the sound of this, introducing more people to the different novelists. I like the sound of the braniac books, too :O)

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