Book logs provide a window into kids' reading lives. In a reading conference with a child, you can gauge the level of the child's engagement with, the volume (amount) of reading, as well as a sense of the types of books the child enjoys. You can look at the amount of time to assess the child's stamina (or ability to read for extended periods of time), as well as home/school reading habits. Book logs need not be used for grading, and may or may not need to be signed off by parents. Some teachers use book logs only at pivotal points in the year, to get to know students and help students build a reading life for themselves, while other teachers use book logs all year long, and even during the summer to promote summer reading.

Book Log for Emergent and Beginning Readers

This book log provides space for young children to tally up the books they've read, giving them a sense of how much reading they've done. At the end of the week, kids are able to see a physical record of the work they've done, and can be proud of all they accomplished.

Book Log for Upper Grade Readers

This book log includes space for kids to record the date, title, amount of time, number of pages and other information to help them keep track of their reading, and to set attainable goals for themselves. Seeing their reading work recorded on the page can be a helpful tool for building a strong reading life, where kids have a sense of what types of books they enjoy reading, as well as a clear sense of how long they can reasonably focus on reading in one stretch, and how many pages they can expect to read in a sitting.