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Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge with Susan at Bloggin' 'Bout Books

I enjoy reading historical fiction and YA books so thought I'd give this new challenge a go for 2021. I like that Susan has included random categories, but we'll see if I can do 20 or more of them.

The Nitty-Gritty:

Challenge runs from January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

You may sign-up to participate at any time during the challenge.

You do not need to have a blog to participate.  You can keep track of your reading on social media, Goodreads, etc. Just be sure to link back here any time you post about the challenge.

All books read must be historical fiction written for children (including teens). Picture books do not count. Books must be at least 50 pages in length to qualify.  

Any genre counts as long as at least part of the book occurs in a real place at a real time in the past.  For example, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis would count because at least part of the book is set in 1940s London.  A book set entirely in a made-up country in 1855 would not count because although it is set in a real time, it's not set in a real place.  Since the point of the challenge is to learn about real history, alternative history stories that occur in a real place in a real time where real history did not actually occur (say, a book set in space in 1702) will not count.

For the purposes of this challenge, "historical" will refer to any time before the year 2000.

Although the goal of this challenge is to celebrate children's historical fiction, expand our reading inside the genre, and have fun doing it, in order to be eligible for the prize, you must read books that fulfill 20 of the reading prompts. There are 25 prompts given to allow flexibility of choice, but only 20 need to be fulfilled in order to complete the challenge and be eligible for the prize.

A prize of a new book of your choice (up to a $20 value) from Amazon or Book Depository is on offer.  A winner will be chosen at random from among those who complete the challenge.

I will post a review link-up each quarter as a way to check-in with challenge participants and share books read.

The Reading Prompts:

  • About a war other than World War II
  • Takes place before 1800
  • Set in a country you do not live in
  • Main character travels on a ship, train, or covered wagon
  • Set in a decade you don’t usually choose to read about
  • A major holiday is celebrated
  • Takes place in a city or region where you have lived
  • Features time travel to the past
  • About a historical disaster, natural or otherwise
  • With a proper noun in the title
  • Features a real female hero from the past
  • Book that relates somehow to your own family history (the main character emigrates from the same country your ancestors did, the MC participates in a historical event your family member did, about someone you’re related to, etc.)
  • Written by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) author
  • Features a main character with a different ethnicity, religion, or culture than your own
  • Has an animal on the cover
  • A ghost story
  • Features a castle or an old house
  • Set in South or Central America
  • A mystery
  • Set in the decade that one of your parents was born in
  • Concerns an event of historical significance that happened during your lifetime (or your parents’ lifetimes if you were born after 2000)
  • Features a search for gold or other kinds of treasure
  • A person in period clothing on the cover
  • Based on a true story
  • A main character who is a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian

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