Explanation of 40 Book Challenge

Dear Families,

Research has shown that the more a child reads, the better reader they become. Also, children who read more have higher vocabularies, expanded world knowledge, and score better on standardized tests.  Therefore, this year we are challenging all K-5th grade students to a book challenge.

The Challenge:

           Your student has been challenged to read 40 books, from a wide range of choices, by the end of the school year.  40 books may sound like a lot, however, we assure you that we have the utmost confidence that your child will experience success.


The Goal:
          The goal of this challenge is to encourage each child to read a variety of books. Ultimately we would love to see our students develop a love of reading.

Kinder Expectations

  • Each book must be read by your child or read to your child! The books should be at their level.
  • Record each book in the “40 Book Challenge” record sheet. 

1st and 2nd grade Expectations
  • Each book must be read by your 1st-2nd grader! The books should be at their level.

  • Books previously read cannot count.

  • Record each book in the “40 Book Challenge” record sheet.

  • Books must meet the choice requirements but do not need to be read in any particular order.
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Requirements:

Genre

Book requirement

Nonfiction

8

Fiction

8

Poetry/Rhyming

8

Teacher Choice

8

Student Choice

8

 
Grades 3-5 Expectations

  • Each book must be read by your 3rd-5th grader! The books should be at their level.

  • Picture books do not qualify unless it is traditional literature (fairy tales, fables, folktales, or tall

  • tales).

  • Books previously read cannot count.  

  • Books that are 350 pgs. or longer count as two books.

  • Record each book in the “40 Book Challenge” record sheet.

  • Books must meet the genre requirements but do not need to be read in any particular order.  

 
 Requirements:

Genre

Book requirement

Poetry

2 books

Realistic Fiction

5 books

Historical Fiction

2 books

Fantasy

4 books

Science Fiction

2 books

Mystery

2 books

Traditional literature (Fairy Tales, Fables, Folktale, Tall Tales)

5 books

Informational (non-fiction)

4 books

Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

2 books

Graphic Novels

2 books

Chapter books (your choice)

10 books



All students participating in the 40 book challenge will also be required to take an AR (accelerated reader) test on the books they have read. We have included incentives for the students such as AR store, a middle of the year incentive, and a big end of the year incentive.  A 70 or higher AR average is expected in order to attain reading incentives. 

If there is no AR test attached to the book, students can complete a book review form located on this page or the library main page. 

 

TIPS to help your child rise to the challenge:

  • Start reading now
  • Talk with your child about the books they read
  • Have your child read aloud to you or a sibling
  • Take your child to the public library
  • Make sure your child is reading each night!

 

JOIN OUR CHALLENGE! 

This is our first year implementing The 40 Book Challenge in the classroom.  We will be joining the students in this challenge, too!  The idea of reading 40 books from a variety of genres is exciting and intimidating at the same time! Please bear with us as we work through this exciting challenge.

 

 ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The 40 Book Challenge is from "The Book Whisperer" written by Donalyn Miller.  She is a 6th grade teacher from Texas.  Her book reveals the secrets of turning every student into a vivacious reader!

 

We are very excited about this program.  We can’t wait to see the difference it makes in our students as lifelong readers! 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions about the 40 Book Challenge!

 

Thank you for your support at home.

 

Sincerely,

Lori Laguna

Librarian,

Gillette Elementary