#Road2Reading Challenge 2018

Last year, Michele Knott and I ventured into the world of early readers and chapter books. Michele and I set out to work on our personal book gap and help teachers and librarians learn more about new books and new series. Our journey has become the #Road2Reading Challenge.  This year we are moving the challenge to Thursdays, in order to participate in the Slice of Life community on Tuesdays.

A little over a week ago, I had the honor of announcing the Nerdy Book Club winners for Early Readers and Chapter Books. I was so excited to see new titles and greater diversity. The CYBILS Early Readers and Early Chapter Books finalists was announced on January 1st. You can check out the list of finalists here. These two lists provide teachers and librarians with a great place to start in reading some fabulous early readers and chapter books. 

Stop by on Thursdays to discover new titles like the ones below...


Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (Bloomsbury, January 16, 2018) 


D-Day: Battle on the Beach (Ranger in Time #7) by Kate Messner (Scholastic, January 30, 2018)


Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is a Classic by Susan Tan, Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte (Roaring Brook, March 27, 2018)


Road Trip With Max and His Mom by Linda Urban, Illustrated by Katie Kath (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 17, 2018)


Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter, Illustrated by Felicita Sala (Amulet Books, April 10, 2018) 


Lulu is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst, Illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Atheneum, April 10, 2018)

We are inviting you to come on this journey with us. How can you join in?

1. Stop by on Thursdays and check out our posts, leave comments and link up your own reviews of early readers and transitional chapter books.

2. Set a goal for how many books in this category you would like to read. Since these books tend to be short, you may find it easy to read one or two a week. Or you may just want to focus on one book from a new series or author per month. Keep your goal realistic and fun.

3. Share your posts or what you are reading on twitter with the hashtag #Road2Reading - this will also allow others to find everyone’s posts.

4. There will be interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and new release posts to check out.

5. If you would like to participate in this challenge, please link up your blog or GoodReads Shelf using the Widget at the very bottom of the post. Please know that you can join in at anytime throughout the year.

6. You are welcome to grab the image at the top of the post to use in your weekly posts.

We look forward to expanding our reading lives with this new book challenge and hope you will join us on this new adventure.


All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.

Each week, Michele Knott and I post about new early readers and transitional chapter books.