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 test.  Therefore, this year I am challenging my third graders to a 40 book challenge.

    What is the 40 book challenge?

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

    Students will be given at least 20 minutes each school day in class to silent read.  They are also expected to read each night at home as part of their evening routine. This goal can be reached by reading everyday in class and at home. At the end of the school year, an award ceremony will be held for those students who have met the challenge requirements.

    The Rules:

    1. Each book must be read at your child’s reading level
    2. All books must be ‘just right books’
    3. All books must meet genre requirements
    4. After reading a book, students must fill out a book report form
    5. Teacher must initial book report form AND checklist
    6. Students will keep all forms in their third grade notebooks

    Tips to help your child rise to the challenge:

    • Start reading now
    • Talking 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 reads each night

    What are the requirements?

    Book Genre

    Number of Required Books

    Fiction Books


    Nonfiction Books


    Mystery Books




    Realistic Fiction Books


    Historical Fiction Books


    Graphic Novel


    Free Choice




    The book challenge is adapted from “The Book Whisperer” writ
    ten Donalyn Miller.  She is a 6th grade teacher from Texas.  Her book reveals the secrets of turning every student into a vivacious reader!

    I are very excited about this program.  I 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!

    How to Choose a Just Right Book

    1. Look at the cover (does it look interesting?)
    2. Read the title and author (do you like other books by the author?)
    3. Read the summary on the back (are you still interested in the book?)
    4. Read the first page
    5. Use the 5 finger rule, while reading, by counting the number of words you do not know

    0-1 = too easy

    2-3 = just right

    4-5 = too hard

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