KidLit BookDare November 2013

Welcome readers to the November 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!

November’s Themes

You can read any type (e.g., Picture Book, Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, etc.) of kidlit book you want for each theme. I will be giving away a copy of Turkey Claus, by Wendi Silvano and Ill. by Lee Harper, as this month’s prize. Without further ado, the November themes.

  1. Thanksgiving is in November. Read a book with a Thanksgiving theme.
  2. November 2 is Book Lover’s Day. Read one of your favorite books.
  3. November 11 is Veteran’s Day. Read a book with service or the military as a theme.
  4. November 13 is Sadie Hawkins Day. Read a book by a female author.

And here are your November bonus themes:

  1. November 4 is Waiting for the Barbarians Day. Read a book with barbarians, vikings or other unruly type characters..
  2. November 25 is National Parfait day. I have no idea what this means, but it seems like fun. Read a funny book.
  3. November 29 is Black Friday. Read a book with a black on the cover or in the title.
  4. November 15 is the America Recycles Day. Read a book with an ecological theme.

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


  1. Joanne Roberts (@BookishAmbition) on November 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiring post during PiBoIdMo. And now, in honor of Picture Book Month, the PBs I read for the dare in November (and a few others too good not to mention)

    Thanksgiving theme: The First Thanksgiving Day, Cranberry Thanksgiving
    One of your favorite books: Mirandy and Brother Wind, The Winter Cat, Goodnight Moon, Creaky Old House
    Military theme: Lisette’s Angel, Soldier and Tsar in the Forest
    Female author: I Will Rejoice, Bub, or The Very Best Thing, Baby Loves You So Much

    bonus themes:

    Vikings: Elfwyn’s Saga, Where the Wild Things Are (?)
    Funny book: The Christmas Crocodile, Ruby Mae Has Something to Say, Series of Unfortunate Events #13 The End
    Black: The Monster in the Shadows, Code Name Verity, Jabberwocky
    Ecological theme: Miss Rumphius, A Clearing in the Forest, An Egg is Quiet

    Thanks for another challenging list. It has helped me to progress in my 300 Picture Book Challenge goal (From Shar Ann More).

    See you in December!

  2. Kelly @muellerspace on December 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Well, I think I forgot some of the books I read. Maybe next time I won’t wait til I read all 8 or so to post.

    1. Thanksgiving – My library’s page isn’t working so I can’t check the title, but it’s a Curious George board book about Thanksgiving.
    2. Fave – My Grandpa (sad but true for me except with my grandma)
    3. Veterans/Military – From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos
    4. Female author – Brave Girl by Michelle Markel, illus by Melissa Sweet

    1. Unruly characters – okay, if Chupacabra doesn’t fit for #4, then put it here because Chupacabras are totally unruly.
    2. Funny – Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
    3. Black character – A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant
    4. Ecological – Chupcabra by Roland Smith (I know, it doesn’t sound very ecological, but a big theme is taking care of animals and saving animals from poaching and taxidermy. I think that is ecological. Actually, I don’t know.)

  3. Kelly @muellerspace on December 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Whoa, it was totally November when I posted this. Are you an east coaster Adam?

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