For the past two years, my daughter and I have engaged in a “50 Chapter Book Challenge.”  We set the goal to read 50 chapter books in one year. To up the motivation factor, we decided that the “winner” (whoever gets to 50 first), chooses the restaurant we celebrate at. It’s become one of our favorite things, and it has been SO rewarding to me as a parent to see my daughter fly through books.

This year, my first grade son joined in. I am loving watching him select chapter books.

I get asked a lot about what we’re reading. My book lists are amongst my most popular posts on Chasing Supermom. Once a month, I will share what we’ve read. Not only is this some great accountability for me to keep up with my kids, but allows me to spend more time talking about BOOKS!! (I love books! I even started a second site called!)

For fun, I’ll share what my two younger children are loving that month, and what my husband is reading too. My hope is that you’ll find a suggestion or two that works for you. Happy reading!


Bekki’s Books:

1. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 

*YA Fiction

Awaken is a love story, a revolution, and a look into a world completely driven by technology.

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

*YA Fiction

I devoured Cinder  at the end of December and couldn’t wait to dive into the next books. I absolutely LOVE this series, and cannot wait until November for the next one!!! The books are loosely based on classic fairy tales, set in a dystopian/sci-fiish future.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer

*YA Fiction

See above. In the third book in this series, we are introduced to Cress, who is loosely based on Rapunzel.

4. Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson

*Non-Fiction/Christian Perspective

I don’t even h0meschool yet, and I already identify SO much with this book. Much of the book could be called, “Lies MOMS Believe.” I cried several times reading this book – he just really hit the nail on the head for me, calling me out on some of my false beliefs, and uplifting me at the same time.

5. So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling: Second Edition: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It 


Lisa Whelchel interviewed over 1,000 homeschooling families. She then made fictional composites of her conversations, and provided 15 different looks at what a homeschooling family looks like. This is a good book for anyone just beginning to research homeschooling, or someone who is curious about the varying styles.


The Eight Year Old’s Books: 

1. Blue Princess Takes the Stage by Alyssa Crowne 

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

3. Geronimo Stilton: Stinky Cheese Vacation

4. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

5. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


The Six Year Old’s Books:  

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

2. Ricky Ricotta; Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter by Dav Pilkey

3. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

4. Captain Underpants  and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey

5. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

6. The Buddy Files: The Case of the Library Monster by Dori Hillestad Butler

7. Geronimo Stilton and the Haunted Castle


The Four Year Old’s Books:

1. I’m Mighty by Kate McMullan

He asks for this one almost every night at bedtime!! Super cute story about a small but mighty tugboat.

2. David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon 

3. A Better View for Gordon by Britt Alcroft


The Two Year Old’s Books: 

1. Bedtime by Elizabeth Verdick 

2. The Mickey Mouse Birthday Book

3. Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever

This may be her favorite book EVER! She can sit and look at this book for hours. It’s a MUST for toddlers and preschoolers!!


The Husband’s Books: 

1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other’s Don’t by Jim Collins

2. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller