This is the time of year when I see so many great reading challenges, but I often struggle to adapt them for my kids. This year instead of trying to find one that my whole family could do together I decided to create my own and share it with our SEA Homeschoolers’ community.

My kids are two and twelve so they certainly won’t be reading the same books. For my youngest we will find children’s books to read aloud and my oldest will probably use audio books for most of his. Some books we read may check off more than one challenge on the list, some we may not realize fit a challenge until we finish reading them, we might not make it through the 24 main challenges, we might complete all 36 before the year is over. My goal is to expose them to new ideas, new authors, new genres, and to see things from a new point of view, however that happens is ok with me. I’d love for you to join us on this literary journey and please be sure to share with us about any treasures you find along the way. There is a printable checklist of the SEA Reading Challenge 2017 available free for SEA members in our store and we will add a printable certificate of completion soon too! If you’re not already a member simply sign up for our newsletter to gain access to these and other great members only content.

  1. A book published the year you were born.
  2. A fiction book that uses accurate science in the story.
  3. A book set in a place you would love to travel to, but have never been.
  4. A book you know little or nothing about, but the title makes you smile.
  5. A book with a main character who is part of the LGBTQ community.
  6. A book about climate change.
  7. A book with a non-human main character.
  8. A book, fiction or nonfiction, about the Holocaust.
  9. A historical fiction set in the country your great great great great grandparent was born in.
  10. A book with a main character who has your dream job.
  11. A nonfiction book on a subject you know nothing about. 
  12. A book from a genre you don’t normally read.
  13. A book originally written in a foreign language.
  14. A nonfiction book about Native Americans.
  15. A fiction book with a social justice issue in the story.
  16. A book mentioned in another book.
  17. A book by someone famous for something other than writing books.
  18. A book which takes place in more than one time period. 
  19. An award winning book.
  20. A book set in the state you live in.
  21. A book with more than one author.
  22. A biography.
  23. A book that has a movie based on it that you enjoyed, but have never read the book.
  24. A book published in 2017.

Bonus Challenges

  1. A book whose movie version is being filmed or released in 2017.
  2. A nonfiction book about the same social justice issue from #15.
  3. A fiction book with a Native American main character. 
  4. A book whose main character or narrator is an inanimate object.
  5. A book with at least one homeschooling character.
  6. A book whose author is under 21.
  7. A book mentioned in or seen on the set of a movie or tv show.
  8. A book that is a creative retelling of one of Shakespeare’s works.
  9. A book that you have never read, but is written by one of your favorite authors.
  10. A book whose character does not conform to traditional gender roles.
  11. A book about an immigrant or refugee.
  12. A book which is based on a fairy tale or folklore.

Free 2017 SEA Reading Challenge Worksheet

One of our teen members made a YouTube video about the reading challenge. The name of her channel is At Wonderful Meep, where she “vlogs about books, anime, and other geeky things.”