100 Books Before Graduation is a reading challenge where teens can attempt to read 100 Books before Graduation.
How does it work?
Sign up using the form below any time after 8th grade graduation or throughout high school and read at your own pace. We’ll send you a tracking sheet to get started. After 25, 50, 75, and 100 books read bring in your sheet and we’ll give you a prize. Finish reading 100 books before June 30th the year of your graduation for a final prize and to get a new teen book dedicated to the collection in your name.
Why should I read 100 Books before Graduation?
High School can be stressful and pleasure reading has been shown to reduce stress. Independent reading also builds skills and reading stamina needed for schoolwork, college, and professional life.* But most of all, reading is fun!
*sourced from reading educator Penny Kittle
Is there a list of 100 specific books I have to read?
Nope! You can choose whatever books you’d like to read for the challenge. Use this as an opportunity to learn more about your taste as a reader. What genres or formats are you drawn to? Which do you avoid? Maybe try something new! If you are having trouble deciding what to read, library staff can help you find some suggestions.
Do _______ count?
Audiobooks count. Graphic novels count. Books you read for school count. Rereads can count, but use your judgement. Reading the same book 100 times is not really in the spirit of the challenge. Also in the spirit of the challenge we would encourage you to primarily choose books close to your reading level. If you aren’t sure whether to count something toward your total, get in touch and we can figure it out together.
If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with Abbey Lynch, the Teen Services Librarian. She can be reached at 203-775-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.