Children's Book Week Reading Challenge

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Started in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. This year, it occurs during the weeks of May 2-8 and November 7-13. Children’s Book Week is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It’s a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading.

This November, we invite readers of all ages to participate in celebrating children’s literature by joining our Children’s Book Week Reading Challenge on Beanstack from Nov. 7-13.

To sign up for the challenge, follow the steps below:
•    Go to our Beanstack page or open the Beanstack app on your mobile device.
•    If you already have an account, sign in, then register for the challenge on the landing page.
•    To create an account, click on "Register an Individual or Family."
•    To download the free app, open the Android or Apple app store and search "Beanstack Tracker."

Once the challenge begins, you can start earning badges by logging your reading and reviewing books.
If you need some inspiration, take a look at the favorites of our Youth Services staff further below.

This year, the theme of Children’s Book Week is “How Do You Book?” which encourages readers to think about: 
•    What do you book? — Mystery? Books about science? Picture books? 
•    Where do you book? — In your room? On the beach? In the car?
•    How do you book? — Upside down? Laying on the floor? In your favorite chair?

We want to hear how you book, so tell us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #HowDoYouBook and tagging @alachualibrary.

For more fun ways to celebrate, including printable bookmarks, drawing tutorials for favorite children’s book characters, and more, visit Every Child a Reader. You can also vote in the Kids’ Book Choice Awards for categories like Favorite Illustrated Character and Favorite Book Cover

Mother Bruce

Ryan T. Higgins

(Bill's Recommendation)

Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.

The Secret of the Old Clock

Carolyn Keene

(Bill's Recommendation)

Nancy is called in to help find a missing will. True to her reputation as a good detective, Nancy tracks down every possible lead in her quest.

The Reptile Room

Lemony Snicket

(Hailey's Recommendation)

As Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire travel along Lousy Lane toward their new home, they fear the worst.

It's true that Violet Baudelaire has escaped some close calls before. For a fourteen-year-old, she has an extraordinary talent for inventing things. And her brother, Klaus, is also well equipped for emergencies. He has read a great deal and possesses just the sort of knowledge that can get them out of a tight spot. Their younger sister, Sunny, is also helpful in a jam. Though she is only an infant, she has four very sharp teeth, and she likes to bite things.

Still, even though the Baudelaires have great talent among them, they can't help but worry about what sort of guardian their strange Uncle Montgomery Montgomery will be. After all, these siblings are extremely unlucky and they had best be on their guard. Certainly, they will need all of their abilities if they should find themselves faced with a dreadful series of unfortunate events.

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

(Hailey's Recommendation)

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

The Bad Seed

Jory John

(Laurel's Recommendation)

This is a book about a bad seedA baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be'happy?

The Silver Arrow

Lev Grossman

(Madison's Recommendations)

Kate and her younger brother Tom lead dull, uninteresting lives. And if their dull, uninteresting parents are anything to go by, they don't have much to look forward to. Why can't Kate have thrilling adventures and save the world the way people do in books? Even her 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane -- that is, until her mysterious and highly irresponsible Uncle Herbert, whom she's never even met before, surprises her with the most unexpected, exhilarating, inappropriate birthday present of all time: a colossal steam locomotive called the Silver Arrow.

Kate and Tom's parents want to send it right back where it came from. But Kate and Tom have other ideas -- and so does the Silver Arrow -- and soon they're off to distant lands along magical rail lines in the company of an assortment of exotic animals who, it turns out, can talk. With only curiosity, excitement, their own resourcefulness and the thrill of the unknown to guide them, Kate and Tom are on the adventure of a lifetime . . . and who knows? They just might end up saving the world after all.

Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

(Samantha's Recommendation)

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

The Joy of Cookies

Cookie Monster

(Samantha's Recommendation)

In life, there is one thing we can all agree on: cookies.

And there is no greater expert on this endless source of joy, warmth, and crumbs than Cookie Monster. In The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Monster offers deep thoughts on life, friendship, baking, and the love of cookies. He serves as our guide to all things cookie and shares how best to fully experience the joy cookies bring us.

This is a book to get us through the dark times and celebrate the good times, and to help us more fully understand who we truly are as both cookie lovers and as people.

It’s the perfect gift for friends, family, and fellow monsters—the gift of cookies.

Cars and Trucks and Things

Richard Scarry

(Sarah's Recommendation)

It's time to start your engines in this Richard Scarry classic all about vehicles!

Buckle-up for a fun-filled day of planes, trains, automobiles . . . and even a pickle truck! Featuring hundreds of clearly labeled vehicles, this is the perfect book for little vehicle fans from the one and only Richard Scarry.

The Monster at the End of this Book

Jon Stone

(Sarah's Recommendation)

Grover worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book. Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page-for fear of a monster at the end of the book. "Oh, I am so embarrassed," he says on the last page ... for, of course, the monster is Grover himself!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

(Susan's Recommendation)

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

By Hailey on November 4, 2022