2023 Reading Challenge – August

Inspired by reading challenges offered by many public libraries but limited to people in those specific communities, GSHE is hosting a 2023 Reading Challenge for NH’s homeschool community!

It is just for fun, to help young readers explore new authors, subjects, and genres. Our monthly challenges are very broad so families may choose whatever book they wish and feel is appropriate for their children.

We announce each challenge in our monthly newsletters – they usually go out around the 13th or so. This is where you will first see our monthly reading challenge, as a bonus to our subscribers. Sign up for our newsletter at our website; there is a box in the right-hand column that says “join today” and pop-up boxes to register. If you have any difficulty, email us at info@GraniteStateHomeEducators.org and we will register you.

Participants are not required to write book reports, give oral presentations, or complete formal projects, and families are free to incorporate our reading challenge into their child’s learning as they see fit. We have a simple 2023 GSHE Reading Challenge log that families may print out to keep track of their child’s participation, if they wish. It can be part of your child’s homeschool portfolio!



Parents/guardians may send GSHE one submission per month per child – include the child’s name and age along with what book he/she read. Email us at info@GraniteStateHomeEducators.org with “Reading Challenge” in the subject line so we can more easily keep track of everything. Submissions are due before the next month’s challenge is announced.

Each month’s participation is another chance to win! For example, if your child reads something each month, that give him/her multiple opportunities to win one of our prizes. If a child participates in six of the monthly challenges, that is six chances to win.

For kids that are not reading independently, audio books and books you read together are perfectly fine. All reading abilities are welcome to participate.

At the end of the year, we will award $25 Amazon gift cards to FOUR lucky winners!

Let’s get started!!


For August, read a story set in a different time period!

This is an opportunity to stretch your child’s mind to travel to the past or future! It can be fiction or nonfiction, too, so use this as an opportunity to explore. Some stories were made into movies, too, so that can be another way to expand the discussion with your children.


Suggested Books

Rochelle Alexandra – In Alexa’s Shoes

Amanda Barratt – The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler


Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

Philip K Dick – The Man in the High Castle

Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth

Anne Frank – Diary of Anne Frank

Alex Haley – Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Nathaniel Hawthorne – Scarlet Letter

Robert Heinlein – Citizen of the Galaxy

Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time

Arthur Miller – The Crucible

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables

Elizabeth George Speare – The Witch of Blackbird Pond

John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath

Kurt Vonnegut – Harrison Bergeron

HG Wells – The Time Machine

Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie



Suggested Authors

Isaac Asimov – Foundation series

GA Henty books – nearly 100 books of adventure and historical fiction

David Macaulay – Cathedrals, Castles, Pyramids

Mark Twain – Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer