40 Book Challenge FREEBIES and more


One of my favorite things to do is encourage my readers to read more than they've ever read before!  So I incorporate a book challenge into our reader's workshop.  This year we started the challenge on the first day of school and we talked about it every day.  I kept track of the books I read on our classroom door. And my readers kept track of the books they completed in their Data Tracking Reading Workshop binders and on our Book Challenge Bulletin Board.


How cool was my door?? I loved seeing the books I read increase throughout the year, and I loved talking about those book with my own readers and other readers who noticed a cover while in the hallway. I hated having to take it down at the end of the year, but I also can't wait to start again this year.  P.S. I've started my Book Challenge already for this upcoming year so I can keep up with my readers.  :)  I'll post a few covers on the first day of school to kick off our 2014-2015 Book Challenge!

If you'd like to make a similar display on your door or a classroom bulletin board, click HERE for an editable FREE Book Challenge poster of your own.


While I kept track of my Book Challenge progress on our classroom door, I mentioned earlier that my readers kept track of the books they read in their reading binders.  I created these record keeping pages for my students to log their progress.  And because I'm so excited for YOU to incorporate a Book Challenge into your classroom, I'm giving away these record keeping sheets for FREE!

Click HERE for the FREE  Book Challenge record keeping pages.  I pulled these pages out of my Data Tracking Reading Workshop Organizer Binder which is full of EVERYTHING you need to keep your reading workshop running smoothly and organized.


The record keeping sheets helped my students stay on track with their Book Challenge progress, but I needed more.  About half way through the year I decided that I wanted a quicker way to monitor each student's finished books. The only time I was hearing and seeing their progress was during status of the class updates, strategy groups and conferring.  I wanted a way to SEE their progress at a glance.  So I created this FREE Book Challenge Bulletin Board Set.


This set helped my readers to show off how many books they had read, along with me, and I could quickly see the progress of each student. We also kept a total running record of our books read and had a little friendly competition with some neighboring 5th grade classrooms.  Gotta love a good competition!

Similar to many of you,  I do not have a lot of wall space available in my classroom, so I created a large and small set of Book Challenge letters.  I also created individual book squares students can fill out and post as they finish books, and 5 book recording book marks that students fill out and post as they complete 5 books (to save space).  I used the smaller set of heading letters and the 5 book tracking rectangles here!


I just recently updated my Book Challenge Bulletin Board set so that the bookmark tracking rectangles are now numbered - books 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, etc. for easier record keeping. Make sure you re-download the updated version.

I would love to hear about how you are incorporating a book challenge into your classroom!  Comments, questions, tips and advice are always appreciated!!

Happy Reading!!!  I'm off to get back to my summer reading so I can stay on top of this year's book Challenge. I'm reading The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Mo & Dale Mystery) by Sheila Turnage.  It's the sequel to Three Times Lucky,   I may like part two better than part one. :) Who doesn't love a good ghost story!  Enjoy!





11 comments

  1. Love the idea of recording your books on the door! What a great way to show your students how much you value reading!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  2. Thanks Tara! I came across the idea on Twitter and through my literacy coach. I'm so glad I did and I can't wait to have a new door to photograph this coming year!

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  3. What a great post! I am moving to 4th grade this year and this is right up my alley. I can't wait to incorporate this. Thank you so much.

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Janine! Best of luck with 4th grade. You will love it!! Let me know if you have any questions about the 40 Book Challenge!

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  4. I love this idea. I immediately thought of Weight Watchers (haha) and how you get recognition for various weight loss milestones. Celebrating the smaller goals helps keep you motivated to reach the bigger goals. I definitely plan on creating some sort of reader recognition display for next year!

    For the books that you posted on the door, do you mean books such as read alouds and mentor texts? Or books you read for own enjoyment? Also, do books used in literature circles or guided reading count towards the 40?

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    1. HI Rachel, I count the chapter books I read aloud to my class as part of my 40 book challenge and I allow the students to count them as well towards their challenge :) I do not usually count the mentor texts and other picture books we look at, but my students are allowed to count a certain number of choice books - so they could use those towards their challenge if they wanted to. :)

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  5. I've been thinking about the 40 Book Challenge all summer, and was just getting ready to start working on some things! This just saved me a lot of time! Thank you!

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  6. Really love this idea!! I'm sure the kids really get into it too.

    I am moving from 2nd to 6th this year. What are some recommendations for books that boys will enjoy?

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    1. Try some of the 'Guys Read' compilations. They are filled with short stories, written specifically for boys, by amazing authors! Also, boys in my classroom love the Percy Jackson books, everything by Gary Paulson, they love minecraft books and most science fiction/fantasy books they can get their hands on. It's always good to have lots of nonfiction books on hand for boys too. We have a classroom subscription to Sports Illustrated for Kids, boys also love Ripley's and Guinness World Record books and pretty much anything about war and/ gross topics. LOL Hope this helps!!

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  7. I am planning to do the challenge this year. I am struggling on how to organize my classroom library. By genre? By level? or both?

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    1. HI Sheena, mine is organized by both. Books are in bins labeled by genre, series, or author. Inside each book cover I write the DRA level so that students can determine if the book is just right.

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