Growing Reader


March Your Way to the Bookshelf: This Month’s Reading Challenge for Kids

by Iva-Marie Palmer

March brings spring (or so it’s hoped!) and it also brings plenty of new reasons to read. Warmer days might beckon kids outside, while rainy days are perfect for curling up with a book. On the calendar this month is Women’s History Month, and many a great woman can and should be celebrated on the page. It’s also the month we celebrate Read Across America, when students in classrooms everywhere gather around to read together on one day (March 2). It’s a great and inspiring way to kick off a month of reading.

Here are 10 challenges to keep the page-turning motivation of kids of all ages at a high:

  • Read a book written by a female author.
  • Think about your favorite book character — and choose a book you think that character would like to read.
  • Read a book with words and illustrations by the same person.
  • Ask a Librarian: Visit your local library and ask a librarian to suggest a Newbery Medal- or Newbery Honor-winning book from the last two years.
  • Read a nonfiction book about an accomplished woman you’ve never heard of.
  • Read a book with a title that’s a question.
  • Ask a Librarian: Ask your local librarian to recommend a Caldecott Medal- or Caldecott Honor-winning book from the last two years.
  • Pick a book you’ve read and loved, and make a bookmark inspired by it. (You’ll find some DIY bookmark inspiration here.)
  • Read aloud to your pet or favorite stuffed animal.
  • Read a book by Dr. Seuss to celebrate his birthday, March 2. (Need ideas? Check out this list of Dr. Seuss stories for all ages!)


Download a printable version of this reading challenge below.


March Reading Challenge for Kids