Start the school year off on the right foot with a Back to School Book Reading Challenge. I know the beginning of the school year can be super hectic so this reading challenge is SUPER EASY. I’ve got all the tools you need to start to implement the challenge. Most importantly, this challenge will set you on the track to reading aloud all year long!
Back to School Book Reading Challenge Details
What is the back to school reading challenge?
Read a book a day to the children to connect, build community, and develop a love of reading starting on the first day of school.
When do we start the back to school reading challenge?
Start on the first day of school and read aloud a book a day for 10 days.
Hopefully, you’ll want to keep up the practice all year long.
How do we show our progress?
Record your book and visually document it (use the printable included below or create your own.) Bonus points if you share on social media. My favorite place to share is on Instagram. Use the hashtag #bookbybookchallenge .
What books do we read?
You can read any books you want for this challenge, but here are a few book lists to give you some ideas.
The Ultimate Back to School Book List
Books About Making Friends List
How do we include families in the challenge?
The challenge can be done at school or home. Better yet, both! The printable packet below includes a letter to send home to families.
How do we document the books we read?
Visually document the books you enjoy together. Here are some ideas you can use just for the challenge or carry it through all the way to the end of the year.
- Beanstalk: Create a large beanstalk in the room and add a book image or title of the book onto each leaf (included.) How tall can your beanstalk grow?
- Apples on a Tree: Record the name of the book or picture of the book on each apple and add it a paper tree you create. You could also switch to fall leaves in the autumn, ornaments in the winter, birds in the spring, etc.
- Book Images: Print a book cover image for each book you read and place them in chronological order on a bulletin board or in the hallway.
- Book Chain: Right the name of a book on a slip of paper and create a paper chain. How long of a chain can you make?
- Online Document: Create a PowerPoint file and add an image of each book you read (one per slide.) At the end of the year, you can play a slideshow of all the books you have read.
Join us in the Back to School Reading Challenge. Tag me on Instagram (@growingbookbybook) and use the hashtag #bookbybookchallenge so I can see all the great books you are reading.
Grab Your Back to School Reading Challenge Resources
Download your free printable pack of resources for the Back to School Reading Challenge. It’s a thank you gift when you become a part of the Growing Book by Book community.
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