My Next Readathon: Children’s Books

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Hi… So, I’m back from vacation and ready to plan the Children’s Books Readathon. Given that there’s less than 2 weeks before July is here, I’m wondering if August would be better to give us enough time to thoroughly plan the authors, books and posts. If you’re interested in participating, please leave some thoughts in the comments on this post regarding:

  1. Who wants to join?
  2. Do you prefer July or August?
  3. What children’s books and authors should we read?
  4. Are there any children’s book authors who want to host (Q&A, offer giveaway, discuss your books, etc.) 1 of the 4 weeks to help promote their works?

Let me know by Sunday, June 24th and we’ll see what we can get scheduled! Thanks.


What’s that saying… “Idle hands are the…” Never mind. I’m apparently not content unless I’m dreaming and planning content for the upcoming months. It’s not enough that I have two books I’m trying to market, still in the middle of the very successful and extraordinarily fun Agatha Christie Readathon, nor that I’ll be out of the country for three weeks and still trying to finalize the initial posts for all three new blog segments I’m launching, but I decided today that I want to host another Readathon. When I thought through something that might appeal to a wider variety of readers and bloggers, as well as help offer some marketing and promotional opportunities for fellow authors, I feel in love with the idea of holding a “Children’s Books Readathon” in July 2018.

My Next Readathon

If you’re unfamiliar with the Christie Readathon, follow the link from the first paragraph. A group of fans and Christie-newbies held a poll to pick four (4) Agatha Christie books, then we read one each week in April and post a review on the last day of the week. Two down, two remaining so far… everyone can comment and re-blog, but we wanted to share our love the Grande Dame. I’m thinking of hosting these Readathons quarterly, but I’ve pulled together some ideas for one focused around Children’s Books. Once upon a time, I went to school to become a teacher. I wanted to focus on middle school, and also majored in English, so I have read tons of children’s books. I also wrote tons of curriculum and pulled together lots of teacher lessons for reading in the elementary school courses. Some thoughts below on how we could make this shine:

  • We read 2 or 3 children’s books each week. It may sound like a lot, but they are relatively short and we all need a break from lengthy tomes. This may help some of us reach our Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge goals!
  • We split the children’s books into 2 categories:
    • A: Authors we read in the past that we’d like to share
    • B: Current authors with blogs we follow to help with promotion
  • We follow the same pattern with 6 days to read, 1 day to post.
  • We ask the current authors to share a post on my blog that everyone can also re-blog to help market their books. Maybe the authors will have a GIVEAWAY, offer ARCs of something new coming out, or some other fun promotion to make this interactive.

These are just high-level ideas. Everyone could share posts on award winners, picture versus chapter books, ways to engage kids in reading. I’m open to everything that highlights children’s books and helps excite people to spread the word on our fellow bloggers and authors. Throw some suggestions out in the next two weeks. My goal is to wrap up a plan and get this scheduled and coordinated before I leave on vacation in mid-May. We’ll hold a poll and vote on which books to read and review just like before. Target would be in July 2018 to give everyone (authors and readers) ~2 months to plan, purchase, read and prepare.

Who’s in?



19 thoughts on “My Next Readathon: Children’s Books

    mistysbookspace said:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    You know I am interested and whether we do it in July or August doesn’t matter to me. Both will work for me. As for what children’s books this is something I don’t know much about because I don’t ever read children’s books. Is Lemony Snicket considered a children’s author? See told you I have no clue lol.

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    scr4pl80 said:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    Children’s books from Dr. Seuss are good. We gave our daughter a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go” as a graduation from college present. I had our family each write a special note to her on the pages and then included some pictures from her school years K to college graduation. She loved it and I enjoyed reading the book before I gave it to her. Also “Goodnight Moon,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” were ones that my kids loved to hear. “The Pokey Little Puppy” is a classic in my opinion. For longer books, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Charlotte’s Web” might be fun. As far as when, I’ll be on vacation for a week in July so August would be better for me.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    I have the tiniest preference for August, but July is still doable.
    My favourite children’s author is Mo Willems. But there are some really lovely children’s authors who are fellow bloggers and I’d love a chance to help them as well.

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    I was looking forward to participating, but I think I’m going to have to bow out Jay. I apologize.☹️

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    Mary Deal said:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    I am so glad you will be reading/reviewing children’s books. So much emphasis is placed on all other genres when children learning to read may be of more importance. Good children’s books help the young to mature nicely. Books help open their minds.

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    sjhigbee said:
    June 18, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    What a lovely idea:)). I don’t think I can take part as I had too much on, but I hope it goes really well, James.

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    anne leueen said:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    While in London I went into Hatchards bookstore and bought Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne for my almost 4 year old Grandson. I think he may be a bit young but perhaps just a chapter at a time. I look forward to seeing your posts on the kids book readathon whenever it happens.

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    Rae Longest said:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    I want to participate, please. July would be better for me, but I will work it in if you schedule it for August. I think books for older children like Lemony Snickett and A Wrinkle in Time would be fun. Or were you thinking of reading just picture books?

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    Arachnid Weaver said:
    June 18, 2018 at 11:16 PM

    I unfortunately can’t participate because I won’t be here in July nor August, but out of curiosity, do middle grade books count as “children’s books”?

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    lauriewoodwardauthor said:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:38 AM

    Sounds like fun! I’ve been a Battle of the Books coach for my school the last 5 years so have lots of wonderful books to suggest. For example, Wonder by R. J. Palacio or The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate or Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo are all beautiful reads.

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:32 AM

    I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:45 AM

    So excited for this readathon! I would love to participate. July or August are good for me, but August would give authors participating time to potentially share their books.

    For an author perhaps willing to share her book(s) – the Ronaldo series by Maxine Sylvester is super cute! I’ve read all three, but I wouldn’t mind re-reading them. 🙂 The author is very responsive.

    Also, The Snowman series by Yossi Lapid is also another cute series of children’s books. I believe this author is a blogger, and he is also responsive. Sometimes, his e-books are free on Amazon and/or he’ll have free e-copy or two on his website.

    I hope this was helpful!

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    Carrie said:
    June 19, 2018 at 5:16 AM

    I’ve always felt a bit odd reviewing children’s books as I’m not in education or really know what needs to be there to make them really appealing or useful. They all look cute to me really so I’d have a hard time rating them and choose to let others do those. Good luck though with setting something up as I know there are authors out there that would love to take part since I’ve been contacted on more than one occasion myself.

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    AJ said:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:38 AM

    Sounds cool:) maybe August

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Jay, I absolutely love this idea! I’ve been considering a children book review run myself, but have no clue where to start or what to do. I’m not sure about pulling the same books from a set list as I just barely ordered a crap ton of books for my kids lol *face palm* … How do you feel about me bending the rules (just a tad) and rather than joining the group, I do a giant one day post of my own, after your group of course, and link in to your page as my inspiration… What would that make me? Like a joiner on the side lines… A cheat piggy backer… or maybe even a copy cat… LOL


    carhicks said:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    I am in. I love children’s books. Robert Munsch is one of my favourites, but I also love Dr. Seuss for authors in my past. There are so many new children’s books that I pretty much read anything. Either July or August works for me. Are we talking about picture books or middle grades?

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    James J. Cudney IV responded:
    June 22, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Hi! Based on the majority of all the responses, August is the better month. I’m sorry for anyone who said July was better… but you can read in July and schedule a post for August if that helps! Give me a few days to create the pages and respond to everyone, but by 6/30, I’ll have the polls up and the details. 🙂


    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    June 23, 2018 at 4:46 AM

    I’d love to play, but it would really depend on what the books were. July or August is fine. I know children’s books aren’t usually too lengthy though. If we can nominate books, can I suggest Stephen Cosgrove’s Serendipity series? Like Leo the Lop specifically. 😄

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    June 25, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Hi Jay, this is a lovely fun idea. I am keen to participate and am happy to make my new Sir Chocolate book, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook available for this. A hardcopy for readers in the UK and a kindle versions for other parts of the world. Richard Scarry is a great children’s author for this readathon and so are the Winnie the Witch books.

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