February may be the shortest month, but it makes up for its lack of days with a plethora of celebrations, from Black History Month and Valentine’s Day to Chinese New Year and, this year, the Winter Olympics. This month’s reading challenge is no less eventful, spurring young readers to pick up books that touch on all the above topics while mixing it up with some fun and surprising suggestions.
Here are 10 reading goals for kids of all ages to complete this month:
- For Black History Month, read a Coretta Scott King Award-winning book. (Named for Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, this award is given to the most distinguished children’s and teen’s books about the African American experience. You can find a list of all the winners since 1970 here.)
- Find a book that rhymes and read it aloud. Using a silly voice is encouraged.
- Reread a favorite picture book and write or draw a valentine to one of its characters.
- The Chinese (or Lunar) New Year is February 16, ringing in the Year of the Dog. Read a book about the Chinese New Year. (Find book ideas here).
- Close your eyes and run your hands along a shelf in the library. Choose any book at random and read it.
- Read the first book in a series you’ve never tried.
- Ask a Librarian: What’s a book you fell in love with as a kid (or a kids’ book you’ve read lately) that you think I should read?
- Read a book with a delicious food in the title.
- The Olympics start this month. Read a book about an athlete. (If you’re really into the Games, tack on a book about a favorite winter sport!)
- Read a book under the covers. Any time of day will do, but we recommend using a flashlight!
Download a printable version of this reading challenge below.
Books Ideas for This Month’s Reading Challenge
Not sure where to start? Here are a few book ideas for this month’s reading challenge.