2021 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

November 29, 2020

December is one of my favorite months – not just for the holiday season (though that is a big part of it), but because I love making goals and planning out the new year. I love setting reading goals for myself and I try to encourage my children to do the same.

For the last two years, we’ve created the Build Your Library Reading Challenge. It’s a fun activity that my oldest daughter collaborates with me to create. We love to brainstorm fun reading challenges that everyone in the family can do.

I know that 2020 was difficult for everyone. I have talked to so many people who struggled with reading this year. To be honest – I struggled with reading and completely failed the 2020 Build Your Library Reading Challenge. So when I sat down to write the 2021 challenge, I realized that without even meaning to, I was creating a very Hygge reading challenge. We all could use a little comfort right now, and what more comfort is there than a really great book?

What is hygge, you ask? Hygge is a Danish word that describes a lifestyle placing emphasis on coziness and happy living. So this year is all about finding your happy place – reading great books, lighting candles, eating foods that bring you comfort. Embrace the Hygge!


I can’t wait to dig into this year’s reading prompts! In keeping with the theme of Hygge, I’ve included prompts that offer you a chance to read new and old favorites, while still gently nudging you out of your comfort zone.

I’m looking forward to a great year of reading and I hope you will all join me in this relaxed and cozy reading party!

Below is the link to the PDF checklist for printing off and checking the boxes as you go along.

Download the 2021 BYL Family Reading Challenge


See Also: 2019 Build Your Library Reading Challenge, 2020 Build Your Library Reading Challenge and Happy Hygge Homeschooling.

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