2023 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

December 1, 2022

December has always been one of my favorite months. Or course the holiday season, but I also enjoy making goals and planning out the new year. I love setting reading challenge goals for myself and I try to encourage my children to do the same, with various degrees of success.

For the past four years, we have been creating Build Your Library Reading Challenges. It’s a fun activity that my oldest daughter and I collaborate on. We love to brainstorm fun reading challenges that everyone in the family can do. EVERY year she tries to get a “fish related” category included, and this year it actually fits!

I ended up doing pretty well completing the 2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge (I currently sit with 7 prompts left to complete!).  So I was excited to sit down to write the 2023 prompts. This year we decided to do a science and nature theme!

The 2023 theme is “Adventures in Science and Nature!”

I can’t wait to dig into this year’s reading prompts! I’ve included prompts that offer you a chance to escape into all kinds of science and nature adventures, from fantasy to historical fiction, to non-fiction and more! Let’s all be scientists in 2023!

I’m looking forward to a great year of reading! I hope you will all come along and join in our reading adventure!

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

Download the 2023 BYL Family Reading Challenge (in color)

Download the 2023 BYL Family Reading Challenge (printer friendly B&W)


See Also: 2019 Build Your Library Reading Challenge, 2020 Build Your Library Reading Challenge, 2021 Build Your Library Reading Challenge, 2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge, and Happy Hygge Homeschooling.


Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full-year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also make incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books, and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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