40 Book Challenge

  • The goal this year is to do the 40 Book Challenge.  You may be thinking that it is a crazy goal, however I believe you will surprise yourself. All I ask is that you do your best.

    This strategy comes from The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, a teacher in Keller, Texas. Why forty books? According to Donalyn, ten or twenty books are not enough to instill a love of reading in students. The book challenge rests on the foundation of a classroom reading community built on research-based practices for engaging readers. It's meant to expand student's reading lives. Encouraging students to read widely, sampling books from each genre, improves their reading ability by expanding their reading experiences. Everybody reads here. Everybody is a reader. Whether students read or not is off the table, but what students read is their choice. Providing students with choice in what they read increases their reading motivation and engagement.

    You need to do the following:

    1)  Log all books that you read.  You will write the author, date, and genre.
    2)  There are certain genres that you need to read.  Please refer to the list.
    3)  There are daily responses that need to be done.  There is a rubric you can follow so that you know
         how you will be graded. 

    Check the links for support.