Elijah wasn't born a bibliovore, but he quickly became one after his first reading challenge. I remember reading the first chapter or two of The Boxcar Children to Elijah and conveniently leaving the book out for him to snag, if he wanted. I spied him peeking at the next chapter and remember him finishing off the entire read with speed that surpassed my own. That was his first chapter book.
Shortly after the first taste of Boxcar, I gave Elijah his first reading challenge–to read through the nineteen original Boxcar Books. He was thrilled when he realized that these books already had a home on our shelves. He gobbled them.
A few months later I challenged him to read 100 books. They could be picture books, chapter books, or anything between. I still have his list–written with wobbly handwriting. It's sweet to remember the little boy who accomplished such a big task.
A year or so later, he was stuck on one genre–mystery. I decided to mix it up by presenting him with a challenge to read one book from each genre on the chart below. Fantasy became a new genre love.
And now, four and a half years since that first challenge, I've presented him with yet another reading venture. I've asked him to read, record, and narrate 300 chapter books!
He's excited. I'm excited for him. I would've eaten this alive when I was 10-years-old. I actually got in trouble in school for reading Just So Stories. My teacher couldn't afford to let me read when there were textbooks to scan and fill-in-the-blanks to be filled. Elijah knows of no such thing. He is free to read, and read he will.
Maybe you can inspire your kids to read, too, by challenging them with these printable reading logs!
He that loves reading has everything within his reach. -Seth Goodwin
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