Monday, November 28, 2022

The 2023 Children's Book Reading Challenge...for Adults! #2023ChildrensBooksChallenge

A couple years ago, while browsing my TBR shelves to prepare for my reading challenges, I found something unexpected: I had a lot of children's books there. I began this challenge to motivate myself to read some of them and I actually did finish a few. I've still got some leftover and have added a few throughout the year, so I think it's a good idea to give this one a third run!

I know a lot of adults really enjoy reading youth or young adult fiction but, other than the occasional classic, I've never really been into it in my adulthood. Still, I must be somewhat interested or I wouldn't have 10-15 or so children's books hanging out on my TBR!

So, I've created the Children's Books Reading Challenge...for Adults! Sure, I read with my kids all the time---but this year I'm challenging myself to read more children's books by myself.

Want to join? It's easy! Just let me know in the comments below. If you have a blog or a Goodreads account you'd like to link up, even better! Then, every time you read a book for the challenge, just come back here and let us know about it with your thoughts or link in the comments. That way we can all be inspired! Let's use this hashtag: #2023ChildrensBooksChallenge on social media so we can find one another easier.

What books qualify? That one's simple: it's up to you! Anything you think could be found in the children's section of a library or bookstore is applicable, as well as timeless classics that the whole family would enjoy. Here is a list I made from Wikipedia that I'll be working from.
I can't wait to see what everyone is reading!



  1. I love reading children's books, even though my kids have long outgrown being read to (sadly). I haven't decided yet which challenges to join for 2023, but I might just join you for this one. In the meantime, I posted about it on my reading challenge blog to help spread the word:

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I definitely want to join! I love reading children's books, lol. I've saved the list of children's classics you got from wiki. My favourite children's author so far is Roald Dahl. I have most of his books and really want to read some more!
    Take care,

  3. Count me in! I'll post on Instagram ( which books I'm reading. I usually do some reading with my kids, but I read a lot of children's books on my own as well.

  4. Thank you for hosting! My challenge post can be found here: 2023 Children’s Book Reading Challenge…for Adults!
    — Diana @ Book of Secrets

  5. I am excited to join in this challenge and your Victorian one on my blog Thank you for this!

  6. Is there a place to link our reviews, or do we just participate?

    1. I was having everyone just leave them here in the comments so they're all in one place. Does that work for you all?

  7. Count me in! I like to read all the new titles as well as catch up on the oldies I missed out at. My list can be found at

  8. Here's my first book for the challenge: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk