Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sisters' September Reading Challenge

Though many children (including my own) started school weeks ago, September still feels like the beginning of the school year. To me, the change of seasons is a great time to reflect and make goals. So our focus this month has those themes in mind.

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Sisters' September Reading Challenge 

1. Read a book written by a teacher or about a teacher.

This could be a modern book about education, a memoir of a teacher, or fictional story that has a teacher as a character. Or maybe the author is a teacher, such as Emily Steiner and Jonathan Rogers.

Examples: Dangerous Minds by LouAnne Johnson

Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

2. Read a book on a topic that you want to learn more about.

Many of us are in the habit of going to Google when we want to learn about a topic. There can be great value in reading a longer length piece on a topic to gain a wider view. The book doesn't have to be deep (but could be.) Maybe you want to read a fictional story set in a place you'd like to visit, or a nonfiction about a specific subject, or a memoir of a person that had a fascinating life experience.


Is your heart breaking over Afghanistan? Read In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

Do you want to build better habits this fall? Read Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Do you wonder if you have value to God? Read Unseen by Sarah Hagerty

3. Enjoy a wordless book.

Wordless book are such fun! They beg you to find a child to talk about the pictures. I didn't know I enjoyed so many wordless books until I found this list in my files. These books depict very different illustration styles and content. Your librarian could find you many more

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Journey by Aaron Becker (first of a trilogy)

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Float by Daniel Miyares

Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole

4. Buy a book at a thrift store.

I decided to track my book purchases in 2021 and have discovered that most month I buy several books at my local Goodwill or I can hardly drive by Goodwill without stopping in to see if there are any new treasures on the shelves. 

5. Share something you learned in a book with someone else.

It has been proven that we remember things better if we share them with others. It may be easier to discuss the weather or things we have read online, but part of this challenge is to share what you have learned from a book. There may be value in the latest words being written, but many of them will be obsolete before the end of the month. Reading a book allows you to slow down your information and read words that had a chance to settle for at least a few years.

I can't wait to hear what you choose to read this month!


  1. It was good talking to you today. Blessings. Doris High

  2. I love Gary Schmidt's books! (Under #1). My kids and I have both enjoyed them as read-alouds.

    I finished reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson this month (took me several months to read it because it's deep). I highly recommend it for learning more about American history, systemic racism, and caste systems. Beautifully written. A lot of food for thought for me.

    I just purchased Falling Upward by Richard Rohr from an online thrift store! I started to read the library copy and realized I needed to have my own copy to underline and take notes :)


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