2 Book Teacher Challenge

“We read to know we are not alone.” - C.S. Lewis

The 2 Book Challenge Inspiration

The idea of a Book Challenge comes from Donalyn Miller, 5th grade teacher and author of The Book Whisperer (2009) and Reading in the Wild (2013). Each year, Miller encourages her students to read 40 books during the school year. Students are allowed to choose what books they read and the only "requirement" is that students are asked to read a minimum number of titles in each genre.

The idea of reading voluminous amounts of books across genres really isn't a revolutionary idea. There are large amounts of research out there to support the fact that when students are given access to a large number of books, choice of what they read, time to read, and opportunities to respond and share, they will become more thoughtful, life-long readers.

Why a 2 Book TEACHER Challenge?

I'm glad you asked! First, we want to do something different. School Library Month is celebrated in April. I know we have lots of staff members at the Ranch who love reading on this campus. We have never had a contest just for teachers. I can't think of a better way to involve our teachers and indirectly by doing so, positively impact student perceptions of reading. The idea is that the more we all talk about books with our students and share our own reading lives with them, the more reading they will actually do! We also know that the most powerful model we can provide for our students to not just be teachers of reading but to actually be readers. Conversations about books happen more naturally and more frequently when teachers are reading what their students might enjoy reading. The 2 Book Teacher Challenge is meant to encourage all of us to read more, so we can do a better job of helping students discover and solidify their own reading lives.

So how will the 2 Book Teacher Challenge Work?

We all know that all of our plates are full and this challenge isn't meant to be "one more thing" you have to do. So, we're trying to keep this as simple as possible. Ultimately, we hope that you'll choose to read books that you can share with your students. However, in true "Book Whisperer" fashion, you choose what you read and when you read.

When you have finished a book simply fill out the Google form provided below (found under resources).

The only parameter we are placing on books is with picture books and graphic novels. We fully support their use at all grade levels so please read them! However, to keep the challenge fair to those who are choosing to only read chapter/professional books we will count 5 picture books/graphic novels as 1 book.

2 Book Teacher Challenge

The challenge will run from now through May 19th. All books must be recorded using the Google Form below by Friday, May 19th.

All staff members (teachers, office staff, custodians, classified personnel, did we miss anyone?) who successfully complete the 2 Book Challenge will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble at the Otay Ranch Mall to help build your classroom library!


For each book read, submit a separate Google Form entry by filling out the form below. If note viewable, click here.

Do you need any recommendations?

Consider reading From My Chair, an autobiographical account written by Montgomery High graduate, Humberto Gurmilan. The book is a chronicle of events that followed a traumatic accident that left "Beto" paralyzed at the young age of 15. It is is published in both English and Spanish. Our library currently has available 5 copies in English and 3 in Spanish.
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