We have a St Pat’s Reading Challenge running at our school, to acknowledge children who borrow and read material from our Library collection, and to encourage all students (K-6) to “step outside their comfort zones” to borrow and read materials they may not choose to at first glance. There are approximately 40+ different awards that make up the Challenge; half of those created by me and the other half by various students (Children are invited and encouraged to create new awards for the Challenge, that must be different to an existing award). Children need to record the materials they read for each award on specially created bookmarks, to indicate they have completed the requirements for that award. This bookmark is signed off by their class teacher, then forwarded onto me (the teacher librarian). I make badges to be given to the children who have completed awards after school one day per week. These are given to the children by their class teachers, however students who achieve bronze, silver or gold awards are acknowledged at our Monday morning assembly. The children then wear their badges on their school hats in recognition of the awards they have achieved. (Photos illustrating various aspects of the St Patrick’s Reading Challenge are included in my previous post, IMPROVING A DAILY ROUTINE).