Quilchena Reading Challenge: December

Stories to bring back the light

The winter solstice is on December 21st. Celebrate the longest nights by sitting comfortably and letting yourself be carried away by a great story.

Take your time to find the just right stories for you in this moment; this challenge doesn’t have to be completed until we return to school after the break.


  1. A book with the word light or dark(ness) in the title.
  2. A fantasy story.
  3. A book about sleep.
  4. An inspirational story.
  5. A book that you did NOT borrow from the Quilchena library.
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Quilchena Reading Challenge: November

Warming up with reading

It’s getting colder outside. The wind is blowing and the trees and plants are getting ready to sleep for the winter. What a great time to curl up in a comfy spot with an interesting book and a warm drink!

Warming up with reading can also mean that we are getting into our groove this school year. We got a little rusty, perhaps, with so long away from school but we are settling in to our routines now. A focus for students in all grades should be to try to make more time for reading.

Here are the categories for the November edition of our Reading Challenge:

  1. A book about or set during a war.
  2. A book by an indigenous author.
  3. A story with a main character who is a person of colour.
  4. At least three tales in a book of fairy tales
  5. A book with a one-word title.

Download your own copy of the challenge sheet below. Quilchena adults are encouraged to participate too!

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Quilchena Reading Challenge begins again!

Welcome to the first Quilchena Reading Challenge of 2020-2021!

As we all know, September was a bit different this year and my focus was elsewhere so I wasn’t able to publish a reading challenge last month. We will start with the October challenge and now that our routines are beginning to settle in, we can all get back to our reading.

The Quilchena Reading Challenges are for all students, teachers, and parents. The categories are designed to be applicable to any and all reading levels. As a reader, you get to choose how long, how hard, and in what format the books are to complete this challenge. I trust you to make good choices for yourself.

Start Something New

Even though it’s not September anymore, we are still settling into this slightly different newness of a school year. This month, take an opportunity to embrace new things and read something new, all from the comfort of a familiar, cozy reading spot.

    1. A book about a subject (like an animal) you know nothing about.

2. A story or non-fiction book about a refugee or immigrant experience.

    1. The first book in a series.
    1. A story or non-fiction book about or set during autumn.
    1. A book of short stories (you don’t have to read all of them.)
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Spotlight on: getting caught reading

One of our most beloved library monitors is finishing grade seven and going off to high school. Emma has been a dedicated library monitor and is a Reader Extraordinaire! She has completed every monthly Quilchena Reading Challenge, as well as this June bonus “Get Caught Reading” photo challenge. She also tells me that she’s almost finished the Read Harder 2020 reaching challenge, which is designed for adults and is meant to last the whole year. Amazing!
And without further ado…

Get Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading!

I am giving us a second crack at the BONUS reading challenge that I posted a few months ago. I think it got lost in the shuffle of getting organized and re-calibrated to teaching and learning.

This is a BONUS ROUND in our Reading Challenge series. I will be posting a June challenge shortly. In this BONUS Challenge you are encouraged to send your photos to Mme Brogan or to post them on your class Team.

Have fun!

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Quilchena Reading Challenge: May edition

Welcome to May! I hope this month brings you soft breezes, delicious drinks with ice cubes in them, and some great stories.

This month’s Challenge title is: Adventures you can have at home

In case you missed it, we have an exclusive (modest) discount at Book Warehouse right now. It is particularly for the reading challenge, but you can buy other things with it too. It is applicable at the West Broadway and Main St locations and all you have to do is tell the cashier that you are part of the Quilchena Reading Challenge and they will apply your discount.

Click here to download the May edition of the Quilchena Reading Challenge

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If you are in need of new books

Calling all Quilchena Readers!

I know that you have all been worried about how you will complete the Quilchena Reading Challenges now that you don’t have access to our library. Well, never fear!

I am happy to announce that I have secured a small discount of 10% for all Quilchena Readers at Book Warehouse (both the W Broadway & Main st locations.) You can call or go online and choose your books and they will get them ready for you to pick up. They are also allowing one family at a time in the children’s /YA section (but better to not browse right at the moment. Talk to me in your Class Team if you need suggestions of what to read.)

When you pay for your books, simply tell the cashier that you are from Quilchena and are doing the Quilchena Reading Challenge and they will apply your discount (you can use this discount for reading material other than the challenges too.)


You may also be aware, but there are other local bookstores that are being pretty great right now too: Pulp Fiction Books and Massy Books both have free delivery anywhere in Vancouver, and Iron Dog Books is a great new store that has a great selection (including puzzles) and can schedule pick up times like Book Warehouse.

Quilchena Reading Challenge: ALTERNATE April edition

Whoa. Hold on! Back that truck up! Did you read that correctly??? An ALTERNATE Reading Challenge? Mais, pourquoi? Well, I know that not everyone lives in the library, like I do, and I thought perhaps it may be a bit too challenging to find things to read to fit all the categories this month so…. I give you:

Get Caught Reading . . .   April Challenge version B

You probably have a favourite place to sit and read at home. You might have a few. You might be finding, these days, that you need to seek out new, interesting places to read because your usual spots are, well, a little overused at the moment. This month, you have an Alternate Reading Challenge: to Get Caught Reading in unusual places.
Be creative! Take a photograph of yourself for each category and send it to Mme Brogan.  Try to be reading something different in each photo.

This month, Get Caught Reading….

  1.  …under a tree.
  2.  …surrounded by soft things.
  3. …with a family member.
  4.  …while you’re eating.
  5.  …in public (but not too close to anybody.)

If your family doesn’t want to give consent for media release, you can still participate! Either you can pose for photos with your back towards the camera, or you can set up your shots with your reading material (and other personal touches) in the spot where you’re reading, just sans vous.

Quilchena Reading Challenge: April

Calling on all Quilchena Readers!!!

It is time for the fourth installment of the 2020 Quilchena Reading Challenges!!! Just because we’re not seeing each other at school every day doesn’t mean we can’t share our reading adventures. We can read together… apart!

I am going to continue posting our monthly Reading Challenges as planned, but I will also be posting ALTERNATIVE Reading Challenges each month in case the traditional challenge category format is a bit too tricky in the limited way we are living at the moment.
We will also have to modify how you can submit your completed challenges. More on that below.

If you’re just joining the fun, here’s how to participate:

  1. Download the April Reading Challenge.
  2. Start reading! Choose books, that match the categories in the challenge and write down the titles as you complete them. You must read these books in April. (There is no length/difficulty requirement. Choose books that interest you, that are an interesting stretch, or are in some way a good fit for you right now.)
  3. Stay tuned for what to do when you finish this month’s challenge. I have a couple of ideas of how you can show me…. I’ll tell you soon.

There will still be a draw for a prize for students who complete each month’s challenge.

I will create challenges each month from now until June. There will be a special prize draw for readers who completed and handed in all 6 challenges.

Read on for the April editions of the Quilchena Reaching Challenge:

Spring has sprung!  April Challenge version A

The first day of spring was technically last month but the weather is now getting noticeably warmer and the trees and plants are growing new leaves and flowers. There are many special days in April (did you know that World Penguin Day is April 25th?) Maybe you should take your book outside and find a perfect reading spot from which to observe the warming of the season.

  1. A book of poetry or a story told in verse. (April is Poetry Month)
  2. A joke book, or a humorous novel. (April 1st is April Fools’ Day)
  3. A book with an environmental theme. (April 22nd is Earth Day)
  4. A book in honour of a cultural or religious festival. (Sakura, Vaisakhi, Ramadan, Passover, Easter, etc)
  5. A story that takes place in a forest.