100 Book Challenge {FREEBIE!}

A few months ago, I challenged my first graders to read 100 books! My students all had different reactions to this challenge... Most got really excited and started right way. Some thought it was absolutely impossible. {It's hard enough to count to 100... let alone read 100 books!}

However, no matter what their reactions were at the beginning of the challenge, I know they will all read 100 books by the end of the year. I make a really big deal about it and I have always had a 99% success rate! So far, I've already had five students complete this challenge and I am so proud of them!

When my students read 100 books, they bring their 100 Book Chain into school. Then I take a picture of them so I can display it in the classroom. Putting their pictures up on the "I Can Read 100 Books!" bulletin board can be really motivating to some students.

This is my cute niece from a few years ago. She was the first to read 100 books!
{That's what happens when your aunt is your teacher...}

As their reward, my students get to pick out a new book to take home.
{I used my Scholastic points and got them all for free!}

They also get this little treat bag, which includes: candy, a bouncy ball, and a finger flashlight.
I got the cellophane bags {here} and the yellow ribbon {here}.

My students made their chain starters in class. I copied them onto white card stock and they colored/decorated them. You can challenge your students to read 100 or 50 books--depending on the grade you teach and how much time you have left in the school year.

With their chain starters, I also sent home a letter explaining the rules of the challenge to the parents. Attached to the letter I included 10 pages of chain links (100 chain links total).

Click {here} to download the 100 Book Challenge!

How do you encourage your students to read at home??


  1. Very cool idea. Many of my students are now reading chapter books, and they read about 1 chapter book per week. Considering we only have 9 weeks of school left this year, I may need to improvise and change it to a lower number for those students. Thanks for the printables!

    1. I let my high readers, who are reading chapter books, count a chapter for a link. :)

  2. Absolutely LOVE this! Such a great motivator for them. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  3. Love this! Thank you! And thanks for the idea on a link per chapter :)

  4. Great idea:) I would love to see their faces with their 100 chains!
    Going Nutty!

  5. This is a fantastic idea. I am definitely running with this one next year! Thanks so much for sharing my dear.

  6. Argh! This is wonderful! I wish I had this a week ago when I started the 50 book challenge with my students. Your ideas are so creative and fun! We have a display in the classroom. I took pictures of each child with their arm stretchered out holding a book. I cut around their bodies and hang paperclips from their hand for each book they read. They look so cute, but boy am I going through paperclips. I didn't think this one all the way through. :)

  7. I love this idea! I'm always looking for ways to motivate my high fliers to read even more. Thanks so much for the freebie!


  8. Love your book challenge! Printing right now to use with my kiddos this week. :) THANK YOU!

    Sugar and Spice

  9. I love this idea! My kids/parents are great about filling out their reading logs and turning them in each month. SO I think I'm going to do this as a challenge over the summer! I think it will be a fun way for kids to read over the summer and then get a treat from me a meet the teacher. Thanks for your inspiration.
    Rambling About Reading

  10. I LOVE this! I think I'll actually do it with my own little guy at home and plan a special reward for 100 books read. Thanks so much for sharing!

    abcs and polkadots

  11. I LOVE this idea!!! I bet this really gets the kids excited about reading! When do you start the challenge and how long do you give them to complete it? Thanks for sharing!


  12. I love this idea! I'm definitely going to try this next year. I do a book bingo in my class to encourage a variety of reading at home. Maybe I'll post about it today! :)

    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

  13. Hi there! This is a fabulous idea!
    Thank you so much for the templates.
    When do you begin the program? (duration?)
    This is definitely something for me to add in for my firsties next year!
    I love your blog! Just found it today on Facebook and I am happy to be your newest follower!


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