A few months ago, the members of the Literacy Committee at my kids’ school were asking ourselves, “What can we give the kids to take home to help make them more excited about reading? Maybe something with a little competitive edge?” We’d tried sending reading logs home with them last year, but as they already have to log their reading for class, this was not at all popular.
I came up with the idea for this Book Bingo, based on the bingo sheet we do for our Adult Summer Reading at my library every year. This one, though, is meant for K-8 kids of all reading levels to be able to finish within a month, around their regular homework. I couldn’t ask them to read lots of full-length novels, for example. Students who turned in completed sheets got nice bookmarks, with the class at each level that had the most sheets winning a gift card to the local bookstore to add books to their classroom library.
I was most pleased to note that many of the kids who turned in sheets did all the squares, not just one row, a good sign that I succeeded in making it fun. I hope that you and the kids in your life enjoy it, too! Please let me know if you do use it. Thanks to Alysa at Everead for suggesting that I post it here!
This sheet is free to download for personal use. It may not be sold or used for commercial purposes. Download it here: alibrarymama BINGO
Great idea! I am going to do this with my son. We need to get him more excited about reading.