40 Book Teacher Challenge

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

Why the 40 Book Teacher Challenge?

The idea of the 40 Book Challenge comes from Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer (2009). Miller, a 5th grade teacher, encourages her students to read 40 books during the school year. This is not attached to a grade and students get to choose their own books, as long as they have a certain number of titles in different genres.


There is a large volume of research to support students reading independently and doing better in school, on tests, and becoming life-long readers. Check out this study if you don't believe me. We, as teachers, are uniquely suited to be models for independent reading for our students. Thus, the 40 Book Teacher Challenge.

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What Books Can I Read?

Any books!


Your books for the 40 Book Challenge do not have to come from any particular genre, grade level, author, etc. You just have to read. It would be awesome for you to mix in some books your students are reading (maybe even get a recommendation) then either fill out the Google form or print your own chart to track.


Tracking: When you have finished a book simply fill out the Google form provided below. If you would rather keep a paper copy of your reading, there is a chart (PDF) that you can print and keep track that way. If you use a reading log with your students, you are welcome to use that also.

Final Stuff

The challenge will run from August 19, 2019 (we're backdating to add more time) through May 15, 2020. All books must be recorded, using which ever format you've chosen, and turned in to Ms. Luke by May 15, 2020.


All staff members (teachers, instructional assistants, office staff, custodians, cafeteria staff, did we miss anyone?) who successfully complete the 40 Book Challenge will be entered into a raffle for a TBD prize.

The Google Form!

The Paper Form!