Finding a Way to Track Books Read Aloud in Class

7/20/2018 / 2 comments

Finding interesting books to read aloud is never a problem and in Kindergarten I am always able to find time to fit them in throughout the day. Tracking these books however, has always been a problem!

We read a social skills book every morning, a mentor text everyday in readers and a book during snack at the end of the day. Oftentimes we will have a mentor text during writers and a math read aloud too.

A few years ago, my students and I were trying to calculate how many books we had read throughout the entire year. They guessed 1000 (!) and I calculated about 450. I decided I needed to find a new way to track the total number of books we had read. 

Last year I tried using book covers to keep track.
I found it started to look a bit busy by the end of the year, and while we could see all the titles, we couldn't easily count them to keep track.

Speaking honestly, it was a bit of a hassle remembering to write all the titles down each day. I tried to do it ahead of time, which worked for awhile....but we all know how that goes!

So this year I decided to keep track in groups of ten.
As we read each new book, I would hop onto the Google doc and add it to our list. It worked until around the holidays. That was when I found that I was forgetting to print them out every couple of days!
I continued on with it until around our 200th book, I did like that it was easier to count - and it was a fun way to practice counting by 10's!  However, I am just not good at maintaining those kinds of displays.
So when 3rd trimester began, my class and I decided to keep track digitally only.
We started logging all of the books we read each day right before dismissal. It became a great way to reflect back on the books we had read and the activities we had done that day.

My students loved trying to be the first to remember what we had read, sometimes they even remembered some before me!
I also loved how it helped reinforce phonics skills and with sight word recognition. They would watch me type the titles onto the TV and then share out things they noticed about the words, patterns or even the punctuation.
It also became a great way to review 3 digit numbers and how to read and write them.  To keep things simple, I only recorded a book title one time - regardless of how many times we had read it.

We read our social skills books for 3 days, and of course, we reread some of our favorites MANY times. I decided not to do rereads as it would be too long of a list and I wanted to keep it as simple and manageable as possible.

Our grand total was...
385 books! If I had included rereads, it probably would have been closer to 500! 

It took several years, but I have finally found a way to keep track of all the books we read. I am even thinking of including it on my website, or in my parent emails next year, so they can stay on top of what we are reading in class each day.

If you would like a copy of this template click here on on the picture below!
Do you track the books you read aloud? 


  1. I like doing it on a goog doc! I just keep a notebook paper taped to a sign that says "books we've read" Everytime we finish a book, I grab it & add the number and title of the book. Then, I teach them to "rate" the book. 1 star = bleh, not my favorite, 2 stars= meh, it was ok & 3 stars = oooh! I liked that & I would like to read it again! they hold up the number of fingers to match their vote & I kind of quickly average (or guess) our overall rating as a class. When we talk about opinion writing, we add a reason for their rating. "I gave it 2 stars BECAUSE ... " and I say it has to be a real reason, not just fun or cool.

    1. I love your idea of having the students rate the books - and it ties in so nicely with opinion writing too!


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