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Thursday, December 6, 2012

2013 Pre-1960 Classic Children's Books Reading Challenge

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Hey there folks!
After 14 months of blogging I've finally decided to start my own reading challenge for 2013!
When I was a kid I read a lot of books but I ignored some of the oldies that are out there gathering dust on the shelves of bookstores and libraries everywhere because people typically want to read the newer books.
However, I'm standing up and saying enough is enough and I plan on rescuing those classic childrens books from purgatory and even if no one else wants to join me in this little challenge I think it'll be good for me to recapture a bit of my childhood.
But, this is open for everyone to participate in and I welcome everyone to join in!
 The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one Children's Book a month.will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
ALL BOOKS MUST HAVE AN ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE OF 1960 or BEFORE. Book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information.
Minimum length is 60 pages
 All formats allowed.
Re-reads are allowed!
 It does not matter whether it's a series or a stand-alone book. (But hey a series is a good way to read for the challenge)
If you are participating, grab the challenge button from above and feel free to use it as a header on your own it on you blog.
 Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
At the beginning of every month post a list of the books that you've read/reviewed for this challenge and link up back here. The post will go live on the first of every month. Your first "Challenge in Review" post will be up on February 1st.
If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 22, 2013.
You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want. The purpose is to have fun with each
 Share the challenge on Twitter, Facebook and your blogs to help it gain exposure.
In December I will be giving away a set of Children's Classics (titles unknown as of  yet) that you will have a chance to win if you reviewed one classic children's book. More information will be available as the date becomes closer.
Please don't hesitate to e-mail me (Kimberly) at (Just copy and paste the e-mail address) if you have any questions, comments, concerns.
I hope a couple of people will join me in this year of magical reading!



  1. I plan to join! I just can't right this min because I am reading this wonderful idea from my kindle. Lol! Plan to sign up with ya tomorrow. :)

  2. I posted here:

  3. I already have too much to read for next year, but that's a great idea =) I'd definitely suggest the Little House on the Prarie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, if you haven't read them already!

  4. Alright I will think about it. I am not too high on reading Children's books and really bad with challenges (if last year's are anything to quote by). Since you're giving a huge sign-up open period, probably I will see how the year is going and join later on. Good luck!

    1. Aww I wish you'd sign up! But not to worry I understand how out of hand reading for challenges can get :)

  5. Great challenge! I think this is the first one I've seen specifically for children's books! I read lots of pre-1960 novels to my kids, so this is perfect for me!

    Thanks for hosting!

  6. Thanks for hosting! I am so excited to join this challenge!

  7. This is just what I need! My list of to-be-read children's books is enormous. Thanks so much for hosting!

  8. Thanks for hosting this! Helps me catch up on books I missed first time around!

  9. What a great idea for a challenge, although it's not so much of a challenge for me, I'm reading these books anyway, but it's lovely to see what others will read too. There's always more great books out there.

  10. I had planned on reading tons of children's books this year, so this challenge is perfect to catch up on classics that I loved or missed reading as a child. Great idea!

  11. I've joined this challenge and I've started The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with my kids. What is everyone else reading right now in the world of Children's Classics?

  12. Hi! Do you mean 'renound' or classic, as in 'vintage'? I'm a HUGE believer in promoting out-of-print or less known gems. If these don't have to be big names, I might step aboard. :)

    There are no number levels. Is your prize random or is reading & reviewing more, an advantage? A reply to my blog is appreciated. I use dial-up and checking back so many URLs for replies makes no sense. Phew!

  13. I read a bunch of cute books in July. I have to go to the library and get my August books

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  18. Yay! The ID forms are functioning at last! I've e-mailed and reached you any way I could to verify myself as a finished contestant. :) It was hard to find review pages (I'm on dial-up, literally connecting on-line via phone line). And I finished 12 qualifying books long ago, so it didn't work to do one per linky month, if I could find them.

    Thank you for being hostess to one very unique theme! It got me past things like "Charlotte's Web" which could have been crossed off my list decades ago. Please e-mail, or message my blog, or Goodreads if there is a wrap-up URL you want used. Otherwise consider me a finalist for a prize! :) Having gotten this message through, a succeeding post will have my title list. I entered it into a linky page or two as well. Warmly, Carolyn.

  19. My blog showing reviews for all 12 titles is here.

    “Ghost Town Treasure” (Clyde Robert Bulla) 1957
    “Mystery In The Pirate Oak” (Helen Fuller Orton) 1949
    “Ginnie & The Mystery House” (Catherine Woolley) 1957
    “Hercules & Other Tales From Greek” (Olivia E. Coolidge) 1949
    “The Secret Of The Old Clock” (Mildred A. Wirt) 1930
    “The Hidden Staircase” (Mildred A. Wirt) 1930
    “The Mystery At Lilac Inn” (Mildred A. Wirt) 1930
    “The Secret Of Shadow Ranch” (Mildred A. Wirt) 1931
    “The Little Prince” (Antoine De St. Exupéry) 1943
    “Stuart Little” (Elwyn Brooks White) 1945
    “The Snow Goose” (Paul Gallico) 1940
    12) “Charlotte's Web” (Elwyn Brooks White) 1952

  20. Oh, it feels good the form is working! In addition to e-mailing, I ask here if there is a wrap-up link? I'm calling it a done deal. :) All of my reviews are above and on my original post. I've written a wrap-up, should you want a different page. :)

  21. Happy new year, Kimberly. I'm débuting three challenges of my very own February 1st and invite you all. :) I welcome a visit from you at my blog. Sincerely, Carolyn.

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