40 Book Challenge

2018-2019

Commit to the challenge!

Welcome to the 40 Book Challenge, an independent reading challenge for your child! At BSE we are working towards a growth mindset, and this includes reading. Barbara Marinak, author of No More Reading for Junk: Best Practices for Motivatiing Readers, defines motivation to read as, “…the likelihood of engaging in a reading task and persisting despite challenges.” We want our students to grow as readers not just for the few short years they are with us, but throughout their entire lives.



The 40 Book Challenge was created by Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. She says, ”Children who read the most will always outperform children who don't read much.” Research shows that a minimum of 20 minutes of daily independent reading has a tremendous impact on a child’s academic success. If a child reads 40 books over the course of a school year, they will have read on average 20 minutes daily.



Here’s how the challenge works:

Your child’s goal is to read all of the books from the categories listed on the next page by the end of the school year. He or she will check off one of the boxes each time a book is read. After checking off a box, record the title, author, date on the back of this page. Mrs. Boren and your child’s classroom teacher will help your child select books and conference with your child throughout the school year to see how they are progressing on the challenge. It is ok to abandon a book, but you may only count books read cover to cover. Books more than 250 pages count for two.



The 40 Book Challenge is:

•a personal challenge

self-selected reading across the genres

•tracking the books you read to determine your reading interests

•an opportunity to share our “reading lives” with others (classmates, teachers, parents).

The 40 Book Challenge is not:

•a contest against classrooms or students

•a reading assignment tied to writing a book report, a summary, or any other type of "proof I read the book" assignment

•a reading incentive or reward program



We hope this challenge will encourage your child to read different types of books he/she may not have read before, all the while have fun keeping track of his/her reading! Happy reading!

8 Steps to Become a Great Reader

HOW DO I LOG THE BOOKS I READ?

It's simple. Students track their reading progress on a reading log (K, 1st -2nd, 3rd-5th) and conference with teachers and Mrs. Boren throughout the school year. Students share the books they read with classmates, teachers, and parents! Click the PDF below for your grade level to download a reading log.

What Books Should My Child Read?

The 40 Book Challenge fosters a growth mindset because it dares students to read outside their comfort zone and explore many different genres. If you need guidance selecting books see some of the suggested titles below or ask Mrs. Boren for direction.

Books for Kindergarten

BOOKS FOR 1ST GRADE

BOOKS FOR SECOND GRADE

BOOKS BY GENRE GRADES 3-5

HISTORICAL FICTION

MYSTERY

REALISTIC FICTION

FANTASY

BIOGRAPHY

TRADITIONAL LITERATURE

SCIENCE FICTION

POETRY

NON-FICTION

Kidsreads - Book Reviews by Genre

For a comprehensive list of books by genre, go to http://www.kidsreads.com/reviews/genres

MY CHILD IS READING BEYOND THEIR GRADE LEVEL

If your child is reading above their grade level, consider choosing books from the Reading Beyond website. These booklists recommend 75 books chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books.