Welcome back to The Great Summer Library Challenge hosted by No Twiddle Twaddle and What Do We Do All Day? (that’s me). If you are new to the challenge you may want to take a look at the introductory post. Did everyone sign up for their library’s summer reading program as part of the preview challenge? Can I get a “YES!” If not, there’s still plenty of summer left.
How The Challenges Work:
Today, Bethany and I have put together 6 challenges to help your family explore the fiction section of the library. They are specifically designed for you and your kids to do together. You can find 3 challenges at No Twiddle Twaddle and 3 in this post. All the suggestions are easily adaptable to your own interests and your children’s reading level. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and we will be sure to answer.
Each challenge has one basic challenge and 1 or more advanced challenges. Note that “advanced” means “extra fun”, not “extra hard.” It is summer, after all.
Don’t forget! This is not a test. It is impossible to fail! Your only job is to have a fun trip to the library! If you get to the library and then decide, “Ya know, my kids are happily reading books in the corner, I’m just gonna relax,” that’s okay, (That’s what I would do, but it’s no secret that I always take the easy road.) But there are a lot of empty summer days to fill and it’s our hope that these library quests will get you excited about discovering new books.
Discover the Fiction Section:
Challenge #4 – Introduce Your Kids to a Classic
Tell your kids the names of 3 favorite books from your childhood. Show them how to use the library catalog to find the books. Read them together and check them out.
Advanced Challenge: Find 3 books written by one or more of your favorite childhood authors that you haven’t read before. Here’s a short list of authors to help you get started if you need a bit of extra inspiration (but don’t feel limited to these): Robert McCloskey, Beatrix Potter, Arnold Lobel, Ezra Jack Keats, Virginia Lee Burton, Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, Don Freeman
Advanced Challenge: Find an audio book of a childhood classic, check it out and listen to it.
Challenge #5 – Find new fiction books on a favorite topic
The non-fiction section isn’t the only place to read about a favorite topic. Pick a keyword that will interest your kids (for example, “dinosaur” or “digger”). Using the library catalog (ask your librarian if you need assistance), find several fiction books on that topic.
Advanced Challenge – Check out several picture books on a particular topic and compare and contrast the illustrations and style of writing. Talk with your kids about how different authors and illustrators portray the same subject.
Advanced Challenge – Check out your library’s summer programs for kids and pick a keyword that matches the theme of one of the programs. Find and read a few books on that topic and then attend a program, if possible.
Challenge #6 – Explore different reading levels of the children’s fiction section: picture books, early readers, and chapter books/middle grade novels.
Check out at least one book from each leveled area of the fiction section to read with your kids. You may be surprised that your young child loves listening to chapter books & your older children still enjoys picture books.
Advanced Challenge – Explain the different area of the fiction sections to your child. Compare the the structure and layouts of the books and discuss what the differences are in the different levels (for example, chapter length, font size, density of illustrations).
Advanced Challenge – Ask your librarian to identify at least one popular author in each level of children’s fiction books and find a book by each of those authors to check out.
That’s it! See? A painless way to start discovering your library’s children’s section! You also get bonus points if you talk to your librarian and share with him or her your journey through each of the challenges (just kidding, we are not actually giving out points… but do talk to your librarian).
Be sure to pop on back to this post and let Bethany and me know how the challenges are going for you, and if you have any questions free free to ask. Stay tuned because our next set of challenges will center on the non-fiction section!
Introduction and Preview Challenge: No Twiddle Twaddle and What Do We Do All Day?
Fiction Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle (#1-3) and What Do We Do All Day? (#4-6)
Non-Fiction Challenges: Coming Soon!
Resource Challenges: Coming Soon!
Final Wrap-Up: Coming Soon!