Vintage Children’s Literature Reading Challenge 2013


Following on from my previous post about missing out on reading Tove Jansson as a child I came across this challenge on my fellow blogger Kayleigh’s post a world of words. Now I’m not usually the sort of person to rush into things but, being book related (and children’s book related at that), I rushed in, and now frankly I’m getting pretty excited about the whole thing. I have those moomin books to read already but what about some suggestions from you guys? And what about joining up for the challenge while you’re about it?

The Rules of the challenge (should you choose to accept it):

1. Only titles published before the year 2000 count.  So that means only the first three Harry Potter novels would qualify for this challenge.
2.  The challenge focuses mainly on novels but you can choose picture books or collections of short stories or non-fiction,  if you desire .
3.  Challenge runs from 31st of January to the 31st of December 2013 and you can sign up at any time.
4. You don’t need a blog to participate, you can just sign up and for each book read just leave a comment on the monthly post for the challenge or you could link to your good reads page, facebook, twitter, whatever you can think of.
5. Choose a level
6.  If you blog, write an introduction post with the badge and a link back here.  Maybe outline some of the titles you plan to read.
7. Any format counts, including e-books and audio books, re-reads count as do double ups with other challenges.


Gumnut baby – four books. A gentle paddle. (The gumnut babies, btw, are characters by Australian children’s author illustrator May Gibbs.)

Alice – six books – you are a wide-eyed babe entering into the wonderland of childhood.

Mary Poppins – ten books – you have a serious interest in the world of children’s fiction.

Peter Pan – twelve books or more – you clearly are still in touch with your inner child.

I’m going to have a go at Peter Pan level, which is probably not smart considering all my recent reads were published 2000+ and I have to start a.s.a.p. Wish me time rather than luck and remember to send me those suggestions.

STOP PRESS – Coming attractions for fans of children’s fiction: I’ll be taking a look at children’s fiction (classic and modern) at some point soon so watch this space.

Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

2 thoughts on “Vintage Children’s Literature Reading Challenge 2013

  1. What a fab idea. I’m very tempted to join you on the Peter Pan level – does reading all the Narnia series to my daughter count?


  2. Absolutely! Oh, I hope she enjoys listening to them. I was such a huge fan of C.S. Lewis as a child, I’d love to be able to experience them all fresh and new again.
    I’ll be giving Lewis a mention in one of my future blogs on children’s lit very soon, but in the meantime get reading!


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