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Reading Rally and 40 Book Challenge

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year in conjunction with the 40 Book Challenge, your child will be participating in the Reading Rally Program! This district-wide program promotes reading from a list of 20 books selected by the District 39 Library Media Specialists. The books are chosen for their high quality, age appropriateness, variety of genres, and diverse reading levels. The end-of-the-year goal is that your child will become a better reader by challenging themselves to read a wider variety of genres and a larger volume of books.

As part of the 40 Book Challenge, your child is encouraged to read 20 books from the Reading Rally list. In addition to this year’s list, students have the option of choosing books from previous Reading Rally lists. Books from previous years are listed on the Romona Library’s website. Parents are welcome to read a title aloud or together with their child as part of the program. Audio and eBooks are also acceptable and several are available to check out through the Romona Library.

When your child finishes a book, they will turn in a form that is available online through the Romona Library’s website. This form will be sent to both their classroom teacher and me. I will keep track of their Reading Rally progress when the forms are submitted and students will conference with me a minimum of four times throughout the year to check on their progress. I plan to conference with students in October, January, March, and May. All Reading Rally forms need to be submitted by June 1st.

Students who read 20 Reading Rally books will be recognized at the 4th Grade Farewell Ceremony in June and they will receive a free book from the spring book fair ($6.00 and under). Students who read a minimum of 10 Reading Rally books will receive a bookmark and certificate of participation. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Mrs. Wiechert