KidLit BookDare September 2013

Welcome readers to the September BookDare. Not familiar with the BookDare? Here’s a quick review:

  1. Visit the blog each month for the 4 themes.
  2. Read a book for each theme.
  3. Talk about your books in the comments or on twitter (#BookDare).
  4. Get entered to win the prize. (Enter by posting the books you read in the comments below.)
  5. Read a bonus book or 4.
  6. Post your bonus titles for additional entries.
  7. Read more books.

Pretty simple, right? Let’s get to the themes!

September’s Themes

Here are the four themes for September. You can read any type (e.g., Picture Book, Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, etc.) of kidlit book you want for each theme. In honor of International Dot Day, this month’s prize will be a copy of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (@peterhreynolds). If you are unfamiliar with International Dot Day, check out this post, or go to The Dot Club website.

  1. September is the beginning of the school year. Read a book about school.
  2. September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Read a book about Pirates.
  3. September 8 is International Literacy Day. Read a book originally published in a different country than where you live.
  4. September 6 is Fight Procrastination day. Read a book that has been in your to-read list for a long time.

And here are your September bonus themes:

  1. September 25 is National Comic Book Day. Read a comic book or graphic novel.
  2. September has National Grandparent’s Day. Read a book with Grandparent’s in it.
  3. One of September’s birth flowers is the Forget-Me-Not. Re-Read a book you haven’t read in a while.
  4. In many countries, September is known as Harvest Month. Read a book that takes place on a farm.

Don’t forget to come back and post your books here in the comments. Happy reading!


  1. Amy Rudd on September 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love your bookdare bookshare! My book I am sharing on the book dare is in the theme of school! It’s called This School Year Will Be the Best by Kay Winters! Great way to connect to hopes, dreams and goals for the new year! I also read Pete the Cat Rockin in My School Shoes! Of course the kids loved it!

  2. leaveamessageforme on September 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I read Ungifted by Gordon Korman as my school book. I enjoyed this middle grades novel about a crazy impulsive kid that ends up in a gifted program. Like other Korman characters Donavon can be a mess but he is still a good guy and makes this a fun read.

  3. Joanne Roberts on September 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’m looking forward to this month’s themes. Thank, Adam!

  4. godotchris on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I read “Bunny School” by Rick Walton. This is great read for little ones curious about what a day at pre-school is like. The bunnies look a bit catlike, which turned me off a bit, but it is cute. Lots of details.

  5. megan gonzalez on September 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Charlie Goes to School by Red Drummond. Love that Charlie has his own book!

  6. godotchris on September 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I love Melanie Watt, but am not a fan of squirrels, so I have been putting off her Scaredy Squirrel series. I finally check out Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach at the library and read it.

  7. godotchris on September 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I read Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman. There are pirates. And I even read it on Talk Like a Pirate Day – aloud!

  8. Kelly M on September 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I only did all right this month.
    1. School – Mermin no. 1 Out of Water
    2. Pirate – pirates love underpants (not as good as Aliens Love Underpants)
    3. Other country – A Mammoth in the Fridge
    4. TBR – Every Soul a Star (great on audio)

    1. Blufton
    4. How many seeds in a pumpkin? I read a whole bunch of other farm books one day at the library that I don’t remember (or weren’t memorable).

  9. Caroline on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Still having fun with these Book Dares!

    School book – Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid
    Pirate book – Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
    International book – Out of the Way! Out of the Way! by Uma Krishnaswami
    To-read list book – Color Dance by Ann Jonas

    Bonus books:

    Graphic novel – Spiderman Loves Mary Jane by Terry Moore
    Book with grandparents – Tangerines and Tea by Ona Gritz
    Book we haven’t read in a while – Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
    Harvest/farm book – Tucker’s Apple Dandy Day by Susan Winget

    I gave mini-reviews on Twitter, too.

    Thanks again for hosting the BookDare! It’s fun to find books to fit these themes! I’m picking up some books I wouldn’t normally find and finding some good ones!

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