40 Book Challenge
- "The 40 Book Challenge is a personal challenge for each student, not a contest or competition between students or classes.
- If Alex read two books in 4th grade and reads 22 in 5th grade, I am celebrating with him. What an accomplishment! Look how much Alex grew. He didn’t grow because he read more books. He grew because he had 22 successful reading experiences.
- Conversely, when Hailey read 55 books in 4th grade, reading 40 books in 5th grade isn’t challenging her. Encouraging Hailey to read biographies and historical fiction, which she claims to detest, does more to stretch her than simply reading more books.
- Honestly, I don’t care if all of my students read 40 books or not. What matters is that students stretch themselves as readers and increase their competence, confidence, and reading motivation through their daily participation in our reading community." -Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer
***Every student in our classroom is encouraged to read as many books as they can. Students can choose whatever genre interests them, as long as they are reading. In fact, the only rule our classroom has for completing the 40 Book Challenge is simple: read.***