Reading Challenge for the Holidays

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A reading challenge for the holidays is a great way to read a variety of books over the break when you should have more leisure time. This free 3-page printable book challenge log is great for children of all ages and can be used by adults, as well.

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Reading challenges are popular with school-aged children and adults. The challenge provides structure to encourage you to commit to reading and reading a variety of books.

This reading challenge for the holidays contains a mix of book suggestions specific to the holiday season and more general book ideas. Each of the three pages contains different book suggestions, so you or your child can pick which sheet you’d rather use or you can start with page one and work through all three pages.

You can choose whether to use just one sheet or even just a portion of one sheet. Choose what works best for you. Don’t feel like you have to complete the entire sheet (or even all three sheets) if that doesn’t work for you or your situation.

You could allow your child to select three or more choices from one of the reading challenge for the holidays sheets. Remember, this is to encourage reading over the holiday break, not to make reading a burden.

This reading challenge log can be used for individuals, classes or groups of any size.

What is a book challenge?

  • It is an organized way to encourage consistent reading by keeping track of books that are read.
  • It can be used to encourage reading a variety of different genres.
  • It can be used to expose participants to new and unfamiliar books or genres.
  • It can be used to read a shared list of books with other participants.
  • It can be used as a competition with the winner receiving a prize.
  • It is often used with children to promote the habit of reading.
  • It can be used in the classroom as a way to track books read by students.
  • It can be used in homeschooling as a tool to encourage reading.
  • It can be used as a winter holiday or summer holiday encouragement to keep children reading to maintain their proficiency.
  • It is often used as a personal challenge for adults.
  • It can be used as a shared social activity by both children and adults.

Reading Challenge for the Holidays

How to Use This Reading Challenge

  • Parents can use this reading challenge for the holidays to encourage continued reading while on school break.
  • Teachers can assign this winter holiday reading challenge over the winter break from school.
  • It can be used by librarians to encourage expectoration of a variety of different genres of books.
  • Adults can use the reading challenge to direct their own reading over the holiday break.

How to Make a Reading Challenge Fun for Children

  • Discuss the guidelines prior to starting.
  • Make going to the library to select books for the reading challenge a fun event.
  • Allow the child to select the book for each book prompt. Provide assistance if needed, but the final choice should be the child’s.
  • Schedule set reading time each day.
  • Sit and read your own book while your child reads.
  • Make reading a requirement. In the same way that you eat dinner before dessert, reading should come before dessert-like activities.
  • Don’t make reading a punishment. The goal of the reading challenge for the holidays is to foster a love of reading over the winter break. If you make reading a punishment, you’ll be derailing the intent of the challenge.
  • Set activity (rather than object) rewards for meeting reading goals.
  • Set several goals rather than just one goal at the end of the challenge.
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You can print the reading challenge sheets on computer paper, but I prefer to use card stock paper because it holds up over the length of the reading challenge period.

If you’d like to be able to use the reading challenge logs over and over again, you can laminate them with this affordable and easy-to-use laminator. Read about how I use a lamintator to make daily routine cards for my children.

Print the Reading Challenge for the Holidays logs as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please share this link with friends and coworkers if they’re interested in using these reading logs themselves.

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I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

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  1. The idea of curling up with some books by the fire over the holidays sounds divine! I think I might have to wait until we get a little closer to the 25th to have that extra time. My whole family loves reading, and I think it would be so fun to all read the same book and share about it!

    1. I love the idea of a family book club, Seana. I used to read the classics with my kids in high school and we had some very interesting conversations. I thoroughly enjoyed those times.

  2. I love this reading challenge idea and the printable as way to make reading even more fun and add a bit of competition within the family. How fun!

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