Baltimore County Public Library just launched their 2017 reading challenge — and the whole family can get in on the action!

BCPL teamed up with WBAL for their year-long reading endeavor: #BWellRead. The challenge, which involves a monthly topic from which readers choose books each month, is as a fun way to for participants to explore a variety of genres and encourage a lifelong love of reading. 

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So how does it work?Participants are encouraged to take a photograph of themselves holding the book (or just the book for those who are camera-shy) they’ve chosen for a particular month along with the hashtag #Bwellread on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. Two posts will be randomly chosen on the last business day of each month and winners will receive $25 Amazon gift cards.

“WBAL-TV 11 is thrilled to partner with Baltimore County Public Library for their reading challenge,” said Justina Pollard, WBAL-TV’s director of programming & public affairs. “We are hoping families take this challenge on together and make reading part of their everyday lives.”

January’s theme is memoir. To help get your kids in on the fun, we’re sharing some of our favorite memoirs for kids! 

#bwellread: (cool) memoirs for kids

Memoirs for Kids - (cool) progeny #bwellread

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
by Patricia Polacco | Buy on Amazon | PreK – Grade 3

School Library Journal says this book is as satisfying as a warm slice of apple pie. (And with a title like that, sure to be entertaining!) After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star. Guess what happens when the traveling carnival comes to town? An ALA Notable Book.

26 Fairmount Avenue
by Tomie de Paola | Buy on Amazon | Grades 2-5

Your littles probably know Tomie de Paola as the author of Strega Nona, but his childhood memories are hilarious! Tomie’s family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. 

El Deafo
by Cece Bell | Buy on Amazon | Grades 2-6

Written by Richmond author/illustrator, Cece Bell, El Deafo is a memoir/graphic novel that will delight young and old! (It also happens to the be a 2015 Newbury Honor Book). From the publisher: Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.  But the best review we’ve seen? From CeCe’s mom! “Cece is my daughter and I am so very proud of her for baring her soul to write El Deafo.”

Boy: Tales of Childhood
By: Roald Dahl | Buy on Amazon | Grades 5-9

Your kiddo has fought the Trunchbull with Matlida, gone on a peachy adventure with James, explored confectionery with Charlie — but what about the man behind the fantastical stories? Boy: Tales of Childhood, is Dahl’s accounts of the bullies and authority figures that shaped his own childhood. However, as Carol Hurst says, “Amongst the bitterness, however, is hilarity as we witness the rebellious young boy’s dealing with his oppressors.” 

Brown Girl Dreaming
By: Jacqueline Woodson | Buy on Amazon | Grades 5-9

There’s a reason why this book is a National Book Award and Newberry honor winner. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.


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