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For the last few years, I have embraced Donalyn Miller’s summer Bookaday challenge. I count the days from the last day of school to the day I go back and aim to read that many books. Now, I typically use the summer to read up on my adult books I’ve wanted to read and those tend to be a lot longer…so I also go by page numbers. I multiple the days by 100 for my page number goal. This year, I am unsure on my start date because I am nervous about how the fall will look in our school and wonder if anything would change. So, I have my date starting Memorial Day (today) and ending the first week of August. I can adjust as time goes on to see what day I will return to school though.
You can read about Donalyn Miller’s Bookaday here and see my past posts by searching Bookaday to the right.
Why do I do this challenge? Well, for one I like to set a goal for myself. It’s fun to see what I can do! I also like to follow the hashtag and find others embracing this challenge. Finally, I think it is really important for me to read as much as I can in the summer. This includes picture books, early readers, middle grade, and books for adults/young adults. This keeps me recent with books to recommend the students and my friends and also helps me keep a list of reads to read aloud to my students during the school year. It is part of my job to know books and summer is the best time to find more.
Do you set challenges for yourself? Or do you like to just read and not worry about numbers? Whatever your system, I wish you the best and happiest of reading days. Take care.