A May Reading Challenge for the Whole Family

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Get your family out of a reading rut this month with a May reading challenge! Join my family and me as we spice up our reading month and have a little fun along the way.

The May reading challenge is part of our Year-Long Reading Challenge for Families. The concept is simple – read up to 4 books each month, one from each of the four categories assigned to that month. There is no need to read a book from all four categories. You can choose to read from one category or choose them all!

May includes four fun categories. Pick one or complete them all:

Number in the Title
Childhood Favorite
Now a TV Series

This May reading challenge is the perfect way for everyone in your family to find some new titles this month, so join the fun!

A May Reading Challenge for Families

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May Family Reading Challenge

Let’s get started. The first thing you should do is sign up for the challenge!

As soon as you do, you’ll receive your free printable bookmark and mini-poster. Laminate copies of the bookmark for everyone in the family and hang the mini-poster in a central location.

This will also put you on the list to receive your new challenge each month.

A May Reading Challenge for Families.

May Reading Challenge Ideas

Family Reading Challenge

The year-long challenge is designed to work for your entire family. Print out the bookmarks for this month and let everyone decide how many categories they want to attempt. Remember you don’t have to complete them all!

Then begin the search for some titles that fit the bill for each category. Everyone can search for their own options, but you might also consider reading a title together. Then you can celebrate your reading success at the end of the month with a book celebration when you are done!

Parental Guidance

Remember that you know best when it comes to the books your family and your children read. While I have provided links to sources for book titles below, it is not a personal endorsement of every book on the lists. Common Sense Media is an excellent resource to use when you are making decisions about the right books for your family.

May Reading Challenge: Selecting Books

The categories for the reading challenge this month are:

Number in the Title
Childhood Favorite
Now a TV Series

I’ve gathered plenty of links to various booklists to make it easy for everyone in your family to find the perfect title. Browse the titles and see what might interest you.

Number in the Title

This one is simply for fun. Take some time to browse the library and see what books with numbers in the title stand out to you and your kids.

Young adult options that we have enjoyed:

Childhood Favorite

This one is really up to you. Your kids can share one of their own “childhood favorites” from a previous year for you to read while you share a title for them.

It’s also a great time to read one of your own childhood favorites out loud to your kids!


I love a good non-fiction biography and there are so many available for kids. Many are the young reader’s version of an adult biography while others are written just for kids. Here are some great lists to get you started:

Over 25 Biographies that will Inspire Your Middle School Student
More than 40 of the Best Picture Book Biographies for Kids

Extend the learning and record a few facts with this one page biography report for kids:

download a FREE Biography Report for kids

Now a TV Series

One thing I love about current streaming services is the variety of TV series you can find. There are so many great options and plenty are based on great literature.

A few of our favorites include:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: book – series by Lemony Snicket; TV series – available on Netflix
Anne of Green Gables: book – by L. M. Montgomery; TV Series – Anne with an E available on Netflix
Last Kids on Earth: book – series by Max Brailler; TV Series – Last Kids on Earth on Netflix

Reading to Join the May Reading Challenge Fun?

Sign up now and grab your free mini-poster and bookmarks:

Find all of the Monthly Challenges:

A Year long reading challenge for families.


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