Monday, 17 December 2012

The 2013 Children's Classics Challenge!

It may only be December but as people start to look towards next year, I've been thinking about what I can do on the blog. As I started my blog in the middle of the year, I didn't get chance to set myself any challenges for the year ahead. As well as taking part in the debut author challenge this year, I've decided to set my own goal for 2013 - to read more children's classics!

This is a challenge mainly for myself, although I would welcome people joining in with me to spur me on! (I don't know if any other blogs are running similar challenges but if they are then I will credit them - I'm not aiming to steal anyone's idea!) There are no strict rules or giveaways - it's more of a New Year's resolution to myself to read more of these books. The great thing about classics is that they're available for free, so if you have an e-reader then you can load it up and get going. Brilliant! Classics can be totally daunting (I don't read enough and I hate myself for it) but I think children's classics have that spark about them that make them fun and exciting to read - whatever your age!

The books I'll be focusing are either children's books or books focusing on younger characters. Below is the list of books I'll be aiming to read - a list I'll probably keep adding to over the year! Some of these books I read as a child and can't wait to revisit. Others I haven't read at all which is something I can't wait to change! Whenever I finish one I'll post a review on the blog and on the 2013 Children's Classics Challenge tab at the top of the page. Keep checking back to see how I'm getting on!

Let me know if you have any suggestions for children's classics that I could read :)

2013 Children's Classic Challenge

The list (so far!)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Black Beauty by Anna Sewel
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain


  1. I love the idea and I might do something similar though I don't know what genre I would try to read more of.

    Anyway, as suggestions, I would say the rest of the Narnia books if you enjoy The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. And the Grimm's fairy tales. They're a bit gruesome at times but nowhere near as bad as some people make out and it's really interesting to see the differences between them and the retellings through mediums like Disney.

    Good luck for your challenge and have a great 2013!

    Heather. :)

    1. Thanks! I'll definitely look up the other Narnia books but had to start with the most iconic :) I hadn't thought of Grimm's fairy tales so I'll make a note of that, good shout!

      Thanks so much for the luck and have a great festive season and new year too! :D

  2. I may have to add a few of these to my short list for next year. I own a few of them and have yet to read them. I'm going to check back on this; I would love to know how you do. I've tried Oliver Twist (many moons ago, but still) and couldn't get past the first five pages. ;)

    Good luck!

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

    1. I've had The Railway Children and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on my shelves forever as well so I can't wait to finally get round to reading them! Good luck if you give it a go, I'd love to know how you get on :D the only Dickens I've read is A Christmas Carol and that was at school so I have no idea how I'll get on, I'll let you know though! Thanks so much for your comment :D

  3. I can lend you some of those. I also recommend Peter Pan, which I can also lend you.
    Your Wife

  4. Anne of Green Gables is also nice but I don't own that one any more.


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