Get away from heavily incentivized summer reading, logging reading minutes and student vs. student competition with this fun summer reading challenge!
Students are challenged to read 12 books in their 12 weeks of summer vacation that fit the fun categories of the challenge such as: a book that became a movie, a book with a yellow cover, a book that has been banned or a book with your name it.
Student Tracking Sheet (to list books read and for guardian signature)
Reading Challenge Bookmarks
Family Letter about the program
Grades 1-2 Recommendations
Grades 3-4-5 Recommendations
The students write the name and author of the books they read, they sign their "Tracking Sheet" along with a guardian, and they return it to school for a small "prize" in the Fall. In our school, it's a free book. The real reward is READING! This challenge gives the students a scavenger hunt all summer and encourages them to pick up books they may not have thought to try! This is a wonderful summer reading program that's accessible for all students PK-5!
The "Preparation and Recommendation" sheet have recommendations for each book category tailored for different reading levels. (Grouped PK-K, grade 1-2 and then for grades 3-4-5) Student may read one of the recommended books or brainstorm with a teacher, partner, librarian or guardian for books that fit the categories that would like to read. This is a perfect activity for the library at the end of the year, or the sheet can be used for families at the public library. It's a way for students to plan and get excited about their books!
As the school librarian, I explain the challenge to each class and hand out packets with the tracking sheet, family letter and recommendation and preparation sheet for their grade level. Then I give each student a bookmark so they can check off their challenge books as they read them this summer. They LOVE the bookmarks.
Happy Summer! Happy Reading!