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40 Book Challenge - Children's Books

This year, my daughter is in fourth grade and her teacher got all the kids in her class to do a 40 Book Challenge. It's not just a challenge to read 40 books in one school year; they have to read a certain number of books from each genre as well. And her teacher wanted them to choose books that were at least 70 pages long.

With all that in mind, here's what she read for each category. Eighteen of these books were also on the list for the Battle of the Books competition, which she competed in at the end of April. Her favorites are in bold.

5 Realistic Fiction

  1. The Babysitters Club: Claudia and Mean Janie by Raina Telgemeier
  2. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  3. Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor
  4. Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  5. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

5 Informational 

  1. How Animals Think by Rebecca Stefoff
  2. How Animals Communicate by Rebecca Stefoff
  3. How to Write Your Best Story Ever by Christopher Edge
  4. The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner
  5. What Was Pearl Harbor? by Patricia Brennan Demuth and John Mantha

5 Fantasy

  1. The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief by Geronimo Stilton
  2. The Race Across America by Geronimo Stilton
  3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  4. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
  5. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

5 Biography/Autobiography

  1. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  2. Who was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart
  3. Who was Dr. Seus? by Janet B. Pascal
  4. Who is J.K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso
  5. Christian the Lion by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

4 Mystery

  1. The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
  2. The Genius Files: Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman
  3. The Genius Files: You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman
  4. The Genius Files: From Texas with Love by Dan Gutman

2 Historical Fiction

  1. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
  2. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

2 Science Fiction

  1. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
  2. The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

2 Poetry

  1. A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutzky
  2. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhah Lai

10 Your Choice + the other books she's read this year

  1. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  2. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  3. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  4. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
  5. The Genius Files: License to Thrill by Dan Gutman
  6. Took by Mary Downing Hahn
  7. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
  8. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  9. Love, Ruby Lavendar by Deborah Wiles
  10. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  11. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  12. Jake by Audrey Couloumbus
  13. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  14. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  15. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  16. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  17. The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
  18. Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler
  19. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  20. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

I'm very proud of her dedication to the challenge, and extremely happy that she has found such joy in reading ~ just like me and her big brother! I hope you find some good ideas for books that will inspire your kids. Do you have other recommendations for any of these categories?

Comments

  1. I love this. My kiddo is not a fierce reader, so even though I bought a lot of books for her - I probably could not tell you what she read this year. So this is fantastic!!!

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  2. I love that you have a reader! (And I love even more that Babysitters Club appeared on the list. Oh how that brings back fun memories!)

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