- Recommended for: Grades 3-7
- Challenge Duration: one library lesson to explain the challenge; a few months, up to one school year, to implement the Reading Challenge
- Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
- Editable: YES, all text is editable
- Created for school librarians but can be used in classrooms, too.
***Please note that this Read Around the World Challenge the books! I’ve got lists of over 250 picture books here, but I cannot include the actual books due to copyright restrictions.
This Around the World Reading Challenge is not a quick lesson to do “on the fly.” After one initial introductory lesson, the Around the World Reading Challenge is designed to last at least a few months, possibly up to an entire school year. It makes a great passive library program to run school-wide or for specific grade levels.
- Check your school and/or public library for international picture books. Allow time to order more if needed.
- Decide if you will do the Reading Challenge exactly as I’ve described. Make edits to the introduction presentation and passports as needed.
- Copy and prepare the Reading Passports. You will need one Reading Passport per student (6 or 12 pages, depending if you use the full- or half-page version; both are included in this file). If using the half-page passport, you may want to staple it in the middle so it doesn’t fall apart easily.
- Copy the bookmarks as needed. I usually just keep these in the library for anyone to take.
- You will need lots of international picture books! this Around the World Reading Challenge if you do not have a variety of picture books from around the world. I’ve provided you with a growing list of over 250 recommended titles, separated by country and region, in the resource.
- Avery 5160 labels for flag labels (you’ll need at least 8 sheets)
- PowerPoint, Google Slides, or PDF for editing
- color printer
- ability to make copies of student Reading Passports and bookmarks
- Students read international picture books.
- Students record their picture books in their Reading Passport.* They also color the country they read about on the map.
- For every 10 international picture books they read, students turn in their passport for a small prize.
*One Reading Passport can record up to 30 international picture books (3 per continent and region).
I give three levels of reading with prize suggestions in the directions. You do not have to do your Around the World Reading Challenge this way; it is just a suggestion.
- Align with Avery 5160 address labels (30 labels per sheet)
- Represents approximately 180 countries
- Includes 8 Avery 5160 sheets, with extra space for you to duplicate flag labels or create your own labels.
- 100% editable (including flags) in Google Slides, PowerPoint, and PDF
- Includes two sizes: half-page and full-page.
- Half-page version prints on 6 pages, then fold in half
- Full-page version contains 12 pages and provides more map detail
- Includes one page for each of seven continents, plus three pages for Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Oceania is included with Australia.
- Colorable front and back covers
- Students color the countries they read about on the maps in the Reading Passport.
- Students record titles of the books they read in the Reading Passport.
- Every country / region includes one fun fact on the Reading Passport page.
- Back cover includes Reading Challenge directions for students.
- All text is editable in PowerPoint, Google Slides, and PDF.
- This list was last updated in June 2022. I regularly remove out-of-print titles and replace them with new titles.
- Each bookmark represents one continent or region.
- Give to students, parents, and teachers to help them find books for the Around the World Reading Challenge.
- Fully-editable in PowerPoint, Google Slides, and PDF.
- Use this as a lesson to introduce students to the reading challenge.
- Contains nine slides
- All slides have travel-themed photos or clipart.
- Edit text in PowerPoint, Google Slides, or PDF.
- This is a Google Sheets link to picture books around the world.
- Helpful collection development tool, especially if you need to order more international picture books.
- All titles curated by a teacher-certified, international school librarian with 18 years of public and private school experience.
- Currently includes over 250 titles.
- Tabs across the bottom separate titles by continent and region.
- Updated annually with new titles.
- You can edit the list in your own Google Drive by making a copy of the spreadsheet (the link in this file will prompt you to “make a copy”).
- I checked every title on the list and bookmarks in early-June 2022. All are currently in-print, available in Titlewave, and received excellent professional reviews.
- Not sure how to run the challenge? What should the students do? These directions tell you exactly how to do it.
- Includes prep instructions, tips, and ideas for prizes.
? The (linked above) has lots of real photos and details about what’s included. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.