The BIGGERTHAN Book List Challenge: results are in!

Megan Kaesshaefer  //  Jan 30, 2015

The BIGGERTHAN Book List Challenge: results are in!

Elizabeth Bibi joins us today to share the results of the BIGGERTHAN Booklist Challenge. Thanks to all those who participated!

Here at Scholastic, we believe that reading can help children surpass their own expectations and overcome obstacles. When children find the right book at the right time, the world opens, and everything becomes possible.

To find out what books make children feel inspired, and in conjunction with our “Open a World of Possible” initiative, Scholastic joined with Usher’s New Look Foundation for the “BIGGERTHAN Book List Challenge.”  We asked students in grades 3-8 to share books that make them feel “BIGGERTHAN”—books that have inspired them to take on challenges and had a positive impact on them, and have their parents and teachers share those books on social media with the hashtags #sharepossible and #biggerthan.

Below are a few favorite books that were shared.  We love that the list includes classic books like Charlotte’s Web that have inspired generations, and more recent books that have ignited a new generation of readers like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.  We also love some of the reasons that students feel connected to books—they include characters they can connect and relate to, inspire children to believe in their dreams, and encourage students to explore their imaginations.

Here are 10 books that make students feel BIGGERTHAN:

1.Wonder by R.J. Palacio 
2. The Hunger Gamesseries by Suzanne Collins 
3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 
4. The Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
5. Flyguy by Tedd Arnold 
6. Little Voice by Amanda Bernardo 
7. Junie B. First Grader series by Barbara Park
8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 
9. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 
10. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan