Shower Your Shelf with Books: An April Reading Challenge for Kids

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Illlustration credit: MartinaP/Shutterstock

April might be one of the year’s best reading months: With spring comes a mix of mild sunny days and cloudy rainy ones that seem suited to match any bookish mood. It’s also National Humor Month and National Poetry Month, which makes it the perfect time of year to dive into funny stories and all kinds of verse (or, funny verse, a magnificent two-fer)!

Here are 10 challenges for kids of all ages to enjoy this month:

  • Celebrate National Siblings Day on April 10 by reading a book about siblings. Share the story with your own sibling if you have one!
  • Laugh your way through a book of jokes. Memorize one of the jokes and tell it to a friend.
  • Think of a skill or hobby you’d like to learn or get better at. Find a nonfiction book with information or how-tos.
  • Read a book in a voice that sounds like your oldest or youngest relative.
  • Check out a book with penguins to read on World Penguin Day, April 25. The flightless birds really soar on the pages of kids’ books!
  • Ask a Librarian: Wish your librarian at school a happy School Library Month. Then ask, “What’s your favorite book that rhymes or your favorite poet?”
  • Read a book aloud to a plant you want to see grow.
  • Think of your favorite movies. Find out if any of them were books first and, if so, read the book! (Ask an adult for help with your research if needed.)
  • Find your favorite reading spot in your home. If it’s possible, design a sign to make it yours.


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April Reading Challenge for Kids
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