Read Every Day Challenge

Are your kids active? These are books for you!

My twins cannot sit still. Their kindergarten teacher kindly refers to them as “energetic” and I know exactly what she means. The only time they actually sit still is to listen to a story and even then they can be wiggly.

The books on this list are about being active. They are about sports and movement and energy.

There are millions that fit this category. Please share your favorites – not just to win those awesome books from the awesome people at Charlesbridge – but also because this mama will be taking notes of new ones to find and share with my “energetic” kiddos.

Ready for Week 16? Happy Reading!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about – the details are in this intro post. There is still time to join a Read a Day! The two most important things to know are:

1. Read to your child every day.

2. If you’d like to enter to win this month’s prizes (you can see them at the bottom of this post) then you need to tag photos of what you’re reading to #areadadayAPRIL on Instagram or email them to me (erin@mystorytimecorner) if social media isn’t your thing. The more you share the more chances you have to win!!

Don’t forget to check out those prizes!

affiliate links are included below.

Picture Books about sports and active kids

Active Kids

Book Suggestions for Week 16

Monday: Read and Do Yoga

I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

Have you done yoga with your child or class or library group before? It is such a fun, yet somewhat calm way, to move. My kids love yoga (our train yoga routine is a favorite) and we especially love yoga inspired by books. There are a ton of fun ones but this beautiful book is one of our favorites.

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Tuesday: Read a Book about Baseball

Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein

Baseball fan or not this is an AMAZING book. I almost didn’t review this one when Charlesbridge offered it because I’m not really a baseball fan (Sorry Dad. Hides in shame.) but I’m so glad I did. In my opinion this is one of the most well written books of the year. It is the story of a little boy waiting for the very first black baseball player (Pumpsie) to get moved up to the majors of his beloved Boston Red Sox. It is the perfect blend of history and characters and honesty and hope. So well done. Please read.

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Wednesday: Read a Book about Dancing

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Brigitta Sif

Gosh I love this book. It is about dancing, but even more than that it is about not being afraid to be yourself. I love Brigitta Sif….I’ve mentioned that a few times right? Her illustrations. The way she tells a story. The wonderful glowing feeling I always have when I’m done reading…Love it.

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Thursday: Read a Book about Soccer

Maisy Plays Soccer by Lucy Cousins

I read this one to my kids before their first season of soccer. It is the perfect little introduction to the sport. We love the Maisy books in general. The bold illustrations and sweet friends. This is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Friday: Read a Book Outside

Sometimes all you need to do to change things up is change the environment. Take a book outside this week. Maybe take a yoga book outside and do some yoga out there. Take a book that encourages you to wiggle (this is one of our favorites) and move and take movement breaks. Or just grab a big quilt and curl up with a stack under a tree.

Saturday: Read an Easy Reader

Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David A. Adler

Easy Readers are great for early readers (obviously) but they are also great for younger kids because they tell stories with brief text and helpful illustrations. So whether for your new reader or for your toddler, grab an easy reader this week. This is a fun sports themed one about that kid that gets picked last. Don’t worry – Mo surprises everyone in the end.

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Sunday Author Spotlight: Pat Hutchins

Pat Hutchins is one of those author/illustrators that has been creatively engaging kids for generations. Most of her books I have shared with my kids are from when I was a kid – I always think that is so fun. Scroll through her amazing list of publications and you’ll likely spot a lot that you recognize too. Pat also wins the award for cutest author site I have seen yet – check it out: pathutchins.com

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

I own a bunch of books by Pat Hutchins, but this is my favorite. ROSIE’S WALK is masterful in the way the text and illustrations work together. This is one of those books they use in children’s literature courses and writing classes to help explain what it means for the two to be perfectly paired. It is simple enough for a toddler and amusing enough for an early elementary schoolers.

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a read a day challenge

April Giveaway!!

Make sure to check off your books on your Challenge sheet & tag your photos to #aReadaDayAPRIL to enter to win this month’s giveaway!

a read a day giveaway from charlesbridge

This month’s challenge is sponsored by Charlesbridge Publishing. Make sure to check out their awesome catalog of children’s books.

Giveaway Includes:

Whose Poop is That? by Darren Lunde
Baby Animals Take a Nap & Baby Animals Take a Bath by Marsha Diane Arnold
Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn

Tag a photo to #aReadaDayAPRIL to enter by Sunday April 30th at midnight. Winner will be announced on the following Monday!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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