An October Reading Challenge for the Whole Family

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

The October 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!

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

set in Asia
short story

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

Book Ideas for the October Monthly Reading Challenge

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October 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.

October 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.

October Reading Challenge: Selecting Books

The categories for the reading challenge this month are:

set in Asia
short story

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.

September Reading Challenge: Four Categories

Below you will find links to booklists or suggested books for this month’s reading challenge.

Set in Asia

From picture books to young adult stories, there are plenty of options for you and your child to read this month:

Childrens Books Set in Asia
Fiction Set in Asia (That Teens Might Enjoy)
17 Young Adult Books Set in Asia That You are Going to Love

Two graphic novels we own that are set in Asia:


Memoirs are a bit different than biographies because they focus on just one time period of or event during a person’s life instead of their entire life. They can be extremely powerful reads for you and your children.

Memoirs for Middle School – a collection of ideas from Goodreads
Picture Book Memoirs

You know I love graphic novels, these are a few of my favorite graphic novel memoirs for kids and teens:

Short Story

We love short stories. You can find plenty of short stories online or purchase a collection of them to read throughout the year:


You can listen to any book you’d like this month from any genre as long as you listen instead of read a copy. Of course, some audiobooks are more fun to listen to than other audiobooks, so here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Favorite Audio Books from Read Aloud Revival
70 Favorite Audio Books for Kids from Nourishing My Scholar

Reading to Join the October Reading Challenge?

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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  1. I stumbled across this reading challenge and love these ideas! I don’t have children, but it’s definitely something I will consider with my students. They will love this and it will encourage them to read more. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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