2013 Picture Book Month Shelf Challenge

November is Picture Book Month.  It’s a month to study the fine art of picture books and their importance in our lives no matter what our age.  We’e been celebrating Picture Book Month since its creation 3 years ago by author Dianne de Las Casas.  Each year, she rounds up a month-long celebration with posts by numerous authors each describing the importance of picture books in our lives.

Each year our own celebration grows.  This year, we are holding a shelf challenge.  Last year, Matthew Winner (aka The Busy Librarian) did a shelf challenge for School Library Month, so we are borrowing his model and modifying it for Picture Book Month.    Here are our “rules”:

Who can participate:

  • Any students, teachers, or families at Barrow!


Where to find picture books:

  • Any book in the Everybody section

  • Any book in 398.2 or 811

  • Any book in the holiday section

  • Any book where the story is told through pictures or pictures & text.


What to do:

  • Set a goal for yourself.  Examples:  Read every book in the Everybody section A’s.  Choose a shelf and read every book on that shelf.  Set a specific number of picture books to read.  The possibilities are endless!

  • Write your goal on the back of this sheet and keep track of your progress.  Add sheets if you need to.

  • Turn your sheet in to Mr. Plemmons on December 2nd.


If you finish your challenge, you will get:

  • A certificate

  • A bookmark

  • A chance to win a hardcover picture book such as Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Bugs in My Hair, That is Not a Good Idea, Green, and A Ball for Daisy.  (Many thanks to Edie Crook for donating 2 of these books for our contest!)


In addition to our shelf challenge, we are recording students and teachers for our morning broadcast talking about their challenge goal and a favorite picture book they have read for the challenge.

We are also planning some connections with other libraries to share favorite picture books as well.  I love to see how this celebration grows each year.  I hope that this year we set our own record for the number of picture books checked out in November.

2 thoughts on “2013 Picture Book Month Shelf Challenge

  1. Molly Clark says:

    I love this idea! I’d like to try it next year. I hope you will post the results at the end of the month!

  2. Molly Clark says:

    Reblogged this on Once Upon a Page and commented:
    I’m always looking for new ways to get my students involved in these “celebration” months. This year I created an opening lines challenge bulletin board, and I had already started worrying about what I would do next year. I like this idea. I may be all set for 2014!

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