Sunday 1 March 2020

Welcome to the Chapter Book Challenge 2020! #ChaBooCha

Welcome to the 2020 Chapter Book Challenge! For those of you who are new to the ChaBooCha, I will explain the details of the writing challenge.

The Chapter Book Challenge, otherwise known as ChaBooCha, first ran in 2012. It runs every year in the month of March. The challenge is to write one completed first draft of an early reader, chapter book, middle grade book or YA novel in the month of March, starting on the 1st of March and finishing on the 31st of March.

During the month of March, there are helpful blog posts from published authors, agents and publishers to help members hone their craft, and there are prizes available throughout the challenge.

ChaBooCha has a very relaxed atmosphere where members help each other to achieve writing goals. You can sign up on the website using the sign-up form, and you can also join the Facebook page for updates and information. There is a Twitter page at and members interact with one another throughout the year in the Facebook group.

It is completely free to join the Chapter Book Challenge. 

ChaBooCha's mascot: Nabu the badger

You also might be wondering about our logo. The Chapter Book Challenge logo is all about our mascot Nabu the Badger. Nabu loves to read, and he is really looking forward to all of the new chapter books, middle grade books and YA books that are going to be written and published as a result of this year's ChaBooCha. Nabu was named after the Babylonian patron god of scribes, wisdom and literature. Nabu became our "mascot" back in 2014, just two years into the Challenge.

ChaBooCha Regional Ambassadors

The Chapter Book Challenge has been growing year on year and, there are some things I cannot do because of the restrictions of my location, such as meet-ups. As a solution, in places where there are more than just one member, ChaBooCha has Regional Ambassadors. 

ChaBooCha regional ambassadors are the people who coordinate Chapter Book Challenge events within their region. In order to become a regional ambassador, there first needs to be more members in your region than just you, and your main duties are to arrange write-ins and meet-ups with other members within your region and also to spread the word about the challenge within your region.

Promotional materials, when they are in the budget, get sent out to our Regional Ambassadors, and printable files will be sent as well. A special RA badge will be created for RAs to use on their blogs and websites, if they so choose. Regional Ambassadors will receive a ChaBooCha RA badge to wear in their first year of joining as an RA and in their second year as an RA, they will receive a ChaBooCha keychain. As things move along, there may be more perks added for RAs. 

If you think this is a role you might like to take on within your region, send me an e-mail. (There is only one RA per region, but they may choose a co-RA.)

Teapot Tales anthologies

To help fund the challenge, from prizes to advertising to RA gifts, we have created a series of anthologies with stories all written and donated by members of the challenge. There are currently four Teapot Tales anthologies available for purchase. Proceeds from sales of the anthologies go towards funding the Chapter Book Challenge. The anthologies can be found on Amazon. There were also two themed anthologies written and contributed to by past members which also help fund ChaBooCha: Ghostly Echoes (Halloween-themed) and Jingle Bells (winter holiday-themed).

Teapot Tales: Volume 1

Teapot Tales: Volume 2

Teapot Tales: Volume 3
Ghostly Echoes

Jingle Bells
Chapter Book Challenge 2020 badge


  1. HI, happy to be back. Kathy Halsey

  2. I'm determined to finish ms I started last year!

  3. Great to be back doing this again! Ellen Pridmore

  4. Glad to give the challenge a try.

  5. Looking forward to another great year!

  6. Thank you Becky for doing this again :) Looking forward to the encouragement and the discipline . . . I'm in!

  7. Hello, it's my first time joining. I'm really excited and hoping to finish book 1 of my series. Best of luck to everyone:)

  8. I am re-writting this month. good to be back!! lovely to see you all again.

  9. Thank you for doing this once again, Becky! I have been doing ChaBoCha for years and have loved every minute of it.

    This time around I am working on an idea for a chapter book although I can see a possibility of it becoming a middle grade novel or a continuing series of chapter books

  10. Happy to be back, too! I'm using this month to polish off my chap book ms (fingers crossed!)

  11. Catching up and pulling out my chapter book to polish up!

  12. Glad to be writing again this month! Keeping my mind off health issues Hi to All my writing friends! Happy writing All!

  13. Glad to sign up. This should be fun and get me to getvtgis chapter book to stop rattling in my head!