Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Reading Challenge for 2012: Non-Fiction Picture Books

As I was reading a few blog posts and comments, I noticed that many of my Twitter friends loved reading fiction but a common response was "I need to read more non-fiction".  I remember 2-1/2 years ago when I discovered some wonderful non-fiction picture books.  It was both exciting and fun.  This gave me an idea.  Why not a Non-fiction Picture Book Reading Challenge?  I put it out there to see who might like to help with the challenge and Cathy & Louise from The Nonfiction Detectives Blog agreed to help host this challenge.  Sarah (@pageintraining) is hosting the Passport Nonfiction over on her blog and will be helping to promote this challenge along with Sylvie (@sylvie_shaffer).

And if you want more of a challenge, Shannon (@mshoughton) is hosting the Sibert Challenge with the hashtag #nerdibert on her blog.  Check it out here

We are still working out some of the details but here are the basics of the challenge:

1.  Set a goal as to how many non-fiction picture books you would like to read over the course of 2012.  Maybe you want to read one a month or one a week.  Will they all be from 2012 or will you be reading ones previously published? Set a goal that will be fun and not stressful.

2.  The Nonfiction Detectives and Kid Lit Frenzy (that's me) will host a day each week for sharing or linking back reviews from the books that you have been reading for the challenge.

3. At the end of each month, we hope to do some kind of special non-fiction picture book related giveaway.  Keep an eye out for details.

4.  If you would like to participate in this challenge, please link up your blog or GoodReads Shelf using the Widget below.

5.  If you tweet about what you are reading as part of this challenge, please use the twitter hashtag #nfpb2012.  

6.  Finally, feel free to grab the Challenge image used in this blog.  I am working to get the html for bloggers to grab the badge for their websites.

Good luck everyone and happy reading in 2012.



  1. I love this idea. Even as a writer of nonfiction picture books, I need to read more. So I will definitely take this challenge.
    For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
    Farmer George Plants a Nation

  2. Kudos on an inventive idea.
    Since my first childhood illustrated encyclopedia (the print only days!) as a kiddo I've felt pulled to non-fiction.
    I think this focus you have created can have a ripple effect & help families & educators help kiddos connect with the real, tangible 3-D world. Thank you. - Jan

    Bookseedstudio/ Jan Godown Annino
    author: SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader
    afterword from Moses Jumper, Jr./ illustrated by Lisa Desimini
    Florida Book Awards, gold medal
    Amelia Bloomer Project Top 10/ ALA

  3. Hi, this is our first review for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge over at GatheringBooks: "Stand Straight Ella Kate: The true story of a Real Giant" by the Klise Sisters - - many thanks for hosting this challenge!

    1. I read this book to all 13 classes of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in my school, in preparation for our visit last week from Kate Klise! They ALL loved it... and her visit.
      ~Marie Ferner
      State Road Elementary School
      Webster, NY

  4. Yes! I love this idea. And, as another writer of nonfiction picture books (or biography inspired), I too want to read more. So I will join the challenge! And my first post for the challenge is about BETSY ROSS at True Tales & A Cherry On Top: over at Wendie's Wanderings.
    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  5. This sounds like a great and interesting challenge. I love the diversity in children's books. My first review is for "My Librarian Is a Camel" by Margriet Ruurs. I hope that counts. I may need recommendations for future reading. Good luck, everyone!


  6. Can we still sign up for this challenge??

    1. Jarm - You can still participate. There just isn't the linky. You can post a link to your reviews of nonfiction picture books on Wednesdays on my blog.