2023 Reading Challenge

Inspired by reading challenges offered by many public libraries but limited to people in those specific communities, GSHE is organizing 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 will be very broad so families may choose whatever book they wish and feel is appropriate for their children.

We will first announce each challenge in our monthly newsletters – they usually go out around the 13th or so. 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 complete book reports, give oral presentations, or any formal project, 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. 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. Each month’s participation is another chance to win! For example, if your child reads something each month, that is 12 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. Any reading ability is welcome to participate.

To help motivate kids to participate, we would love to have photos to go along with the monthly submissions that we can use in our monthly newsletters.

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

Let’s get started!!


For January, read a book that is considered a classic.

What makes a book a “classic?” Some people determine it based on ones that make a major contribution to literature, represent a genre or writing style, or one that is considered “timeless.” Lots of ways to interpret this, so have fun exploring what to read!


Suggestions for “Classic” Books

A Journey to the Center of the Earth

A Wrinkle in Time

Alice in Wonderland

Anne of Green Gables

Arabian Nights

Black Beauty

Chronicles of Narnia

Island of the Blue Dolphin

James and the Giant Peach

Little House on the Prairie

Little Prince

Little Women

Phantom Tollbooth

Robinson Crusoe

Secret Garden

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Hobbit

The Prince and the Pauper

The Scarlet Letter

The Three Musketeers

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Treasure Island

Watership Down

White Fang


Where to Find Books

If you don’t already have the book you want for each monthly challenge, visit your local library. Many participate in the interlibrary loan (ILL) program.

Check out these resources, too!

Libby by OverDrive – free books and audiobooks from your local public library

LibriVox -- free, public-domain audiobooks

NH Downloadable Books Consortium -- courtesy of the NH public library system

Project Gutenberg – over 60,000 free ebooks

Storyberries -- stories, audio books, book reviews, and other literature resources for littles to age 12

Ben and Me -- extensive list of free Kindle books for children