Children’s Books Readathon – August 2018

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Thank you to everyone for all their wonderful input into the proposed Children’s Books Readathon. Based on the majority, we will launch in August 2018, but I will have everything wrapped up to select the books and authors who will help promote in the next two weeks so you can read the books in July if August is a busier month for you. Details will be released in the coming days where you can vote to select which books or sign up to share special posts on your own children’s books if you’re an author. For now… I’ve setup a dedicated page you can bookmark to see updates or any posts I share in the near future. First set of guidelines and dates listed below!

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Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! On this page are all the key posts and you can click on each link to see the overview, guidelines and reviews for the different weeks and winning books.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 1st thru 15th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – 8/4 to 8/10
    • Award Winners – 8/11 to 8/17
    • Young Adult – 8/18 to 8/24
    • Authors Who Blog – 8/25 to 8/31
  • Participating Blogs & Reviews
    • Dates above are Saturdays to kick off the start and reviews posted the following Friday

 

Please Note: All the details are being posted in early July, 2018… keep checking back regularly for more updates and details.

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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.

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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?

 

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44 thoughts on “Children’s Books Readathon – August 2018

    The Cozy Pages said:
    June 29, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    I’ looking forward to doing this. Will be lovely to give a bit more attention to some of these wonderful children’s books!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 29, 2018 at 8:25 AM

      It will be exciting… since it’ll be easier to pick and choose whichever books in case you don’t have time for them all. Now I have to spend the weekend organizing all the suggestions and creating the polls!

      Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    June 29, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Still interested–very interested.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 29, 2018 at 5:38 PM

      Great! Post with poll and choices in the coming days, including anything you submitted as an option, too!

      Liked by 1 person

    Heidi M. Simone said:
    June 29, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    I love this idea and can’t wait to participate! There are so many good children’s books that it’d be great to give some attention to them. Thank you for hosting another readathon!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 29, 2018 at 5:43 PM

      You’re welcome. Feel free to share any if you’d like me to include them in the poll on Sunday.

      Liked by 1 person

        Heidi M. Simone said:
        June 30, 2018 at 5:32 AM

        Thanks! I’m excited to start! Hm…I love Number the Stars. I know it’s award-winning, but would that count as a children’s book? If not, it might be considered as Young Adult. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 30, 2018 at 7:55 AM

        I have YA in there as a category… we could add it to the poll to see!

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        Heidi M. Simone said:
        July 3, 2018 at 6:02 AM

        Nice, thank you! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    June 29, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    I’m looking forward to participating. I think this is one of my least read genres and it will be nice to read something I wouldn’t usually read.

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    Kip Walkin said:
    June 29, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Just saw this post. Will love to be a part of this exercise. Definitely. Where do I start, Jay? Meanwhile, July will be cool because I don’t want to lose track by pushing it to August. You know how tight schedules can be.😆😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 30, 2018 at 7:50 AM

      If you have any suggestions, send ’em over. I will share a few posts tomorrow with polls so we can narrow the options to 2 to 3 books each week to read. Once the polls are closed, on or about 7/15, I’ll announce the schedule and setup the links. Then you can read whenever you want, but post the review the week in August when it’s on the calendar! If you have any children’s books you write or other authors you know write who want to participate, let me know if you want to do any special giveaways or posts too.

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        Kip Walkin said:
        June 30, 2018 at 9:23 PM

        Ok Jay, thanks for the info. Will do. Plus you are doing a great job organising it all. Kudos.👍👍

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 1, 2018 at 7:08 AM

        I appreciate it!

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    Winding Up the Week #25 – Book Jotter said:
    June 30, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    […] literary blogger, James J. Cudney is planning his next reading jolly over at This Is My Truth Now. The Children’s Books Readathon will involve reading between eight and 12 books during the month of August (July too, if it helps), […]

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    robbiecheadle said:
    June 30, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Lovely, Jay, sharing this post.

    Liked by 2 people

    lauriewoodwardauthor said:
    June 30, 2018 at 8:44 PM

    Hi James,
    I don’t know if you are familiar with America’s Battle of the Books. It is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. Students read books from a pre-selected list and come together usually in groups to test their knowledge of the books they have read. School districts then host competitions in a Family Feud/Jeopardy type contest. I’ve been my school’s coach for 6 years now and have loved being exposed to a variety of highly-regarded children’s authors. Their website with book lists for different ages is: http://www.battleofthebooks.org/

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 1, 2018 at 7:06 AM

      Hi. I am not familiar with it, but I will definitely look it up this week. Thank you for sharing!!! I’ll include it in an upcoming post on the readathon.

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    carhicks said:
    July 2, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    I am looking forward to the list and the poll. I have bookmarked the page.

    Liked by 1 person

    Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku said:
    July 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    This was shared with me thanks to Paula @ Book Jotter. I’m looking forward to participating with you, James. Thanks for coordinating!

    Liked by 1 person

    dtills said:
    July 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Well, as usual I am way behind and missed all the planning and polling 😂Hope you are doing well my friend 😊💕

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 15, 2018 at 10:48 PM

      All is well. Results to be posted soon. How are you? Hope your son’s hiking goes well!

      Liked by 1 person

        dtills said:
        July 17, 2018 at 1:11 PM

        I am good, getting ready to travel again. My son hiked 20 miles the first day, and 16 the second (with that 50 pound pack). I might be afraid of him now😳

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 17, 2018 at 1:12 PM

        He’s an animal! All in a good way. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        dtills said:
        July 17, 2018 at 1:15 PM

        haha! I like that😊

        Liked by 1 person

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