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June Challenge: Explore Collections

Reading anthologies and collections of stories by one or more authors is a great way to sample an author's writing and read shorter works of fiction or essays. Most collections have a common element or unifying theme for readers to consider and explore. In June we challenge you to read an anthology or collection of short stories. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and kids.

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May Challenge: Back from the Past

The greatest stories are the ones that last and resonate with new generations of readers. While there are differing opinions about which books should be considered classics, books that were written before you were born can carry a certain nostalgia for a different time period. So, use this challenge to explore the past or share books from your childhood with your children. In May, we challenge you to read a book that was published before you were born. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.

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April Challenge: Explore Biography

Biographies and memoirs give us insight into the lives and personal journeys of individual people. They can help us to see people who are different from us in a new light or help us find comfort in the experiences of people who are similar. In April, we challenge you to read a biography or a memoir. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.

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March Challenge: Read Excellence

Awards for literary excellence are given out yearly in the library and publishing worlds. Some, like the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, Newbery and Caldecott Awards, are familiar. Others, like the Goodreads Choice Awards and the Book Shimmy Awards might be less so. This month, we challenge you to read a book that has won a literary award, no matter how obscure. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children, or check out our list of literary awards.

children's books, children's picture books, Fiction, historical fiction, middle grade fiction, read 2021

February Challenge: History Buff

Read historical fiction not set during World War II. Many of us are drawn to the fascinating narratives of people who lived, fought, and triumphed during World War II, and the publishing world reflects that widespread interest. For this historical fiction challenge, we're asking you to explore different narratives and time periods. We hope this challenge will help you discover a new era in history! Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.