It's time again! It's time for the second annual Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge around here. I've been looking forward to this since the last challenge concluded. At the current moment, I'm especially excited about it, having just viewed the Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie trailer. My calendar is marked! How 'bout yours?
In case you are new to this reading challenge - here's the deal:
I invite you all to join me on a summer vacation into the world of Narnia. The idea is to spend as much time as you can in this magical land created by C.S. Lewis. I absolutely adore this series (so much that both of our children are named after Lewis in a form or fashion) and delight in sharing the journey it with others.
There are seven books in the The Chronicles of Narnia series and for the purposes of this challenge, I invite you to read at least one, or perhaps all of them, along with me during the month of July.
What counts towards participation in this challenge?
1. Reading (or re-reading) the The Chronicles of Narnia books. (You can purchase the entire collection in a hardback anthology-like edition for $14.95 on Amazon which is a pretty good price! Scour your used book stores or your local library. It should be easy to obtain copies of any of the seven books.) There is so much to be gleaned from each title that you might just want to spend time in one book and see what life lessons you can pull out of it.
2. Reading adapted stories of Narnia aloud with your children. Normally I'm totally against adaptations. But my impatience to introduce my own three year old to these stories has gotten the better of me and I've picked up every Narnia picture book I have come across and he LOVES hearing about Aslan and Lucy in particular. (I'm now smart enough to realize that I need to hit our local Borders when the early reader books come out around the time the upcoming movie is released. This time I'm going to snatch one of each title that they put out for younger readers!)
3. Make a family movie night out of the challenge and watch any of the film adaptations (cartoons or live action) that you'd like as a family.
My only goal in this challenge is to GET YOU IN TO NARNIA!
Dates for This Challenge:
Thursday, July 1st through Friday, July 30th.
I'll have a post up (which will include a Narnia giveaway) on Thursday, July 1st. Come and commit yourself to the challenge on that date and enter to win my Narnia Prize Package. (Any incentive I can, folks, any incentive I can....) At this time it would be GREAT if you'd write up an introductory post of your own, telling us how long you plan on traveling through Narnia and what particularly strikes your fancy about any of C.S. Lewis' characters from this series and link that up to the introductory post.
The challenge will conclude on Friday, July 30th. At that point in time I will put a closing post. You are invited to link up all the blog posts that you have written up over the course of the month during the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge. If you blogged about a particular character from the series, or a book, a movie, a song, or whatever - come and link it up!
So get ready! Pick your book, invite companions along on the journey and get ready to be entertained and educated!
What can you do in the meantime? Spread the word! Invite others to join in with us here as we travel (hopefully as families!) to Narnia! You can add our Narnia Reading Challenge button to your own blog with this code:
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Further Up and Further In!
"I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!" - The Last Battle