Teachers in my school district will be embracing the idea of allowing the students in their classroom (grades 3-12) to practice their reading through free choice independent reading during this upcoming year. We have recently been inspired by Donalyn Miller’s book titled The Book Whisperer. Donalyn Miller promotes this idea and she does a 40 book challenge in her classroom. While we see the benefit of encouraging more reading, we are implementing this idea for the first time. Since it is new for many teachers and students in our district, we wanted to start with 25 books this first year.
We are hoping that this challenge will promote a love for reading, which is critical for our students in the 21st century. It is also important that students read a variety of genres to become a more well-rounded reader and to help them discover the magic of books. To encourage a variety, I have created the chart (below) where students will document the 25 books they will read this upcoming year. We have included a section on free choice (six books) so they have the opportunity to read more of a particular genre(s). I knew that it would be possible for some students to read beyond the required 25 books so I provided extra lines where students could continue documenting their reading.
I wanted to provide the teachers in my school district a tool that they could copy (possibly front and back) to give to students at the beginning of the year as he/she begins to describe the structure of this challenge for the year. I hope this chart works in your classroom for your 25 Book Challenge.