Grow Your Writing Challenge 2013

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This is my second year implementing the "Grow Your Writing Challenge." If your not familiar with the idea, here's how it came about...

Last year I visited Children's Author Susanna Leonard Hill's  blog and was inspired to create a challenge for 2012.  I'm called it the "Grow your Writing Challenge 2012." One of the best ways to learn more about the genres you want to write in is to read as many books  can in those genres that you possibly can.  That way you can truly begin to understand what works and what doesn't.

In 2012, I read 101 children's books, and can officially announce that it helped my writing immensely. I had a few standout favorites that I reference over and over again. I hope to capture their "essence" in my own writing. I know what's been done recently and where there might be room for more.

But even after reading over 100 children's books, I still haven't even scratched the surface of all the fantastic children's books out there. So I am up for the challenge again. 100 more books in 2013. How about you?

How can I participate?

- First, here's a spiffy badge for all participants. All I ask is that you comment below, so I know that you are participating.  Leave your name, your genre and # of books goal. That way we can cheer each other on!  (A link back would be fabulous, however, not required.)

-  Second, come back periodically and comment below to update us with your progress, or provide a link to your progress page so we can encourage and congratulate one another.

- Third, in December 2013 I will be doing a small giveaway for all participants, so be sure to leave your name in the comment section below.

In the meantime,  I will be tracking my progress below.

Happy Reading Everyone! -Christine

Picture Book/Easy Reader  -- Chapter Book -- Middle Grade -- Young Adult

  1. Partials by Dan Wells
  2. Hero Cat by Eileen Spinelli
  3. Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! by Kevin Doyle
  4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  5. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
  6. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  7. A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko
  8. Dream Friends by You Byun
  9. Leap Day by Wendy Mass