2023 Reading Challenge – December



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.

In January 2024, we will award $25 Amazon gift cards to FOUR lucky winners!

Let’s get started!!

For December, repeat one of our monthly reading challenges! Pick your favorite!

We thoroughly enjoyed planning each month’s reading challenge so for our final one, pick one that you want to explore further, any one you wish!

Each month’s challenge has suggestions to make it easier for you to find something of interest. You are not limited to our suggestions and encourage you to explore other books, authors, and variations of the genres.

Hope you enjoyed our 2023 Reading Challenge as much as we did. Four lucky winners will be announced in mid-January! Thank you for participating.

January – a classic book

February – two parts: a book that is a play or adapted to a play or movie, then watch the show

March – fairy tales

April – poetry

May – an award-wining book

June/July – a comedy

August – a story set in a different time period

September – a collection of short stories

October – a mystery

November – a book or manual about something you want to learn