2023 Reading Challenge – September

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 September, read a collection of short stories!

For this month’s challenge, read a few short stories of any sort. They can be by the same author or different people, have a common theme or be a random selection you like. That’s the fun of this challenge – an opportunity to explore.

Short stories offer several benefits especially for new or reluctant readers.

  • It may not be as daunting as a large book or novel.
  • It is more likely the reader will finish reading the entire work.
  • There is a sense of accomplishment when completing it that may motivate further reading.
  • Because they’re brief, short stories may encourage exploration of new genres and authors.
  • It encourages a habit of daily or more regular reading routines.
  • They are a great alternative to apps and cell phone distractions when there are brief moments of “in between” time.
  • For budding authors, reading short stories can help hone their writing craft.


Suggested Stories

The Blind Man and the Elephant

Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Gift of the Magi by O Henry

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

Jack and the Beanstalk

King Midas and the Golden Touch

The Lady or the Tiger? By Frank Stockton

The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washington Irving

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Magic Shop by HG Wells

The Minority Report by Philip K Dick

The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K LeGuin

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Stone Soup

The Sword and the Stone by TH White

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

To Build a Fire by Jack London


Suggested Authors


Ray Bradbury

Brothers Grimm

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ernest Hemingway

Rudyard Kipling

Jack London

Edgar Allan Poe

Mark Twain

Kurt Vonnegut

EB White


These websites have dozens of short stories available to read online or download.

Classic Short Stories

Library of Short Stories

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