Latest News‎ > ‎

Shapleigh's 40-Book Challenge Is Underway

posted Oct 5, 2016, 12:23 PM by Seth Cole
The Shapleigh School 40-Book Challenge is underway. The task is simple: students, teachers, AND parents are encouraged to read as many books as possible this year, with 40 being the ultimate challenge (that’s about a book/week)! This should be a personal goal for everyone and not a competition.

Please provide as much independent reading time as possible and encourage reading to happen during any down times plus at home!

Grade levels can set up the amounts for each genre but a suggestion would be: 10 choice books, 5 realistic fiction, 5 informational, 5 fantasy, 5 biography/autobiography, 4 historical fiction, 2 poetry

Accountability for the reading can take place as a list of finished books, checklist, punchcard, or through posts on padlet. Please do not attach tedious assignments to the reading. This will likely discourage students from reading as many texts.

Rewards: NONE… Reading should be its own reward. I will have a bulletin board set up for students to post their names as they reach milestones (5, 10, 20, 30, 40 books). Students will also be recognized. We really want to celebrate each and every book they read. Reading more than last year = success!

For more information, contact reading specialist Tonya Fitzgerald or visit her blog at