Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2013



Last year, I had a goal to read more Nonfiction Picture Books.  As a way to hold me accountable, I helped set up the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge (#NFPB2012).

In 2011, I read 55 nonfiction picture books.  In 2012, with the challenge, I read 86 nonfiction picture books and 6 more nonfiction MG/YA books of longer lengths.  With the coming of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the emphasis on nonfiction or informational text, I feel the need to keep on top of what is being released.   Since I had a lot of fun with this challenge last year, I am hosting it again this year.

My goal will be to read as many 2013 nonfiction picture books that I can find and try to increase my reading of MG/YA nonfiction books of longer lengths.

Here are the details if you would like to participate in the challenge:

 1. Set a goal as to how many nonfiction picture books (or nonfiction MG or YA books)  you would like to read over the course of 2013. Maybe you want to read one a month or one a week. Will they all be from 2013 or will you be reading ones previously published? Set a goal that will be fun and not stressful.

2. I will be posting my nonfiction book reviews and posts on Wednesdays.  There will be a link if you want to connect up one of your reviews or progress towards your goal.

3. There may be giveaways. 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 #nfpb2013.

6. Finally, feel free to grab one of the Challenge images used in this blog post. I am working to get the html for bloggers to grab the badge for their websites. Good luck everyone and happy reading in 2013.


Link up with your blog:

40 comments:

  1. Hi Alyson! I'm looking forward to this Challenge! :) Thank you!

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  2. This is awesome! I will try to participate too! LOVE non-fiction picture books and I don't think they get enough love.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing what you read.

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  3. Yes! This is what I need. Nonfiction is a reading gap for me, and I need to fix it. This challenge will help tremendously. Thank you!

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    1. I stopped by and checked out your post. Thanks for signing up.

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  4. Thanks for the motivation- this will help with a #bookgapchallenge issue!

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    1. I think a lot of folks have a #bookgapchallenge with nonfiction so glad we can encourage one another.

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  5. I also want to say thanks for the invite - I want to read a lot more non-fiction and knowing that I have to show someone how much I am (or not)will help me along.

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    1. Welcome to the challenge! Thanks for linking up.

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  6. Great challenge. We have just finished a non-fiction unit in my third grade class and I need to find and be familiar with more books!

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  7. Herrrrrrre we go! I'm also looking to reboot the Siebert challenge this year (FAIIIIIIIIIIIIIILED before, oops).

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    1. Shannon - I need to reboot the Siebert too but if I didn't read at least the 2013 Siebert picture book winner I will cry. We can do it.

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  8. Thanks for the challenge! I know nonfiction is one of my reading gaps, and I need to work harder to be able to find/recommend good nonfiction titles for my first graders. I know you and the other participants will really help motivate me! :)

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    1. Hope you find lots of great titles this year and enjoy the challenge.

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  9. I am so excited for the challenge! I think I'll start with How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg. Thanks so much!

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    1. Loved How They Croaked - she will be doing a "sequel" of sorts. Can't wait

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  10. I'm excited! I always need to read more NF but also read and think about it in a different way in a more rigorous CCSS way! :)

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    1. Jen - I so agree. We can encourage each other with this.

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    2. Jen and I are so happy to be part of this again :)
      http://www.teachmentortexts.com/2013/01/2013-reading-challenges-accepted-bring.html
      (It wouldn't let me link up for some reason...)

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    3. Kellee - It accepted 2 different links you put in. Maybe it was just being temperamental. Thanks for signing up - Aly

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  11. I've already picked out some non-fiction that I have here at home and requested some from the library. Love the challenge!

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    1. Thanks for joining in. Hope you have fun with the challenge

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  12. Excited about the challenge! Definitely a #bookgapchallenge area!
    Shawna

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    1. Yay! Thanks for joining in...here's to #bookgapchallenge too

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  13. Might take me a day to officially blog about this but thrilled to join up!

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  14. Thank you Alyson for the inspiration! I'm excited to participate! Looking forward to learning about new titles from everyone participating!

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    1. It will be a lot of fun to see what nonfiction people are reading. Thanks for joining in.

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    2. Carrie- We keep hanging out in the same places! ;-)

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  15. Looking forward to this challenge! As you can see from my post, nonfiction has never been my "thing"- so this will be good for me (and my children.) :-) Susan

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    1. You might just be surprised at how much good non-fiction is out there. :-) Thanks for joining us.

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  16. This has come just at the right time! I most definitely need more non-fiction in my life!

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  17. Thanks for spearheading this challenge Alyson. I look forward to some good book recs from everyone. Challenges really keep me motivated and sharing book talks with friends is such a pleasure.

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  18. Wonderful idea, Alyson! Is it too late to sign up?

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    1. Stacey - You can still link up...go for it!

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  19. Wonderful challenge, Alyson! I wish I would have known about it last year!! I'm glad that I found it for 2013.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  20. This is a great challenge! I'm setting my goal for 25 nonfiction picture books in 2013.

    Thank you for keeping the link open.

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  21. So excited! I'm a newbie blogger and looking forward to getting my feet wet with this challenge. Even though I'm starting a little late, I set my goal for 25 nonfiction picture books in 2013.

    Thanks!

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