The Epic Reads Challenge is back for the month of January. As a reminder, the challenge is open to all Epic students in 6th through 8th Grade only, but don’t worry. There are lots of activities for our younger readers to keep them motivated and challenged throughout the month. Be sure to check the tabbed sections below for more details about Braum’s Book Buddy and Accelerated Reader!

What is the Epic Reads Challenge?

Important Notice: The Epic Reads Challenge is for Epic students in 6th through 8th Grade only. The challenge is to become better Epic readers and have some great adventures through good books.

This reading challenge will be for the months of October, January, and March only.

  • October (four weeks—Oct. 3rd-28th) – Reading logs due on Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 
  • January (four weeks—Jan. 2nd-27th) – Reading logs due on Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
  • March (four weeks—March 6th-31st) – Reading logs due on March 13, 20, 27, and April 4.

This means each student should have only 4 reading log entries for each month. 

How to Participate

All students in 6th through 8th Grade are encouraged to participate. Students must read a minimum of 35 minutes, 5 days each week for a weekly total of 175 minutes weekly.

Weekly reading total minutes will be reported using this form: Epic Reads Weekly Reading Log.

Students who reach the goal of 700 mins. during the month will be awarded a $10 Amazon gift card. Any student who reaches the monthly goal for all three months will be put in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card at the end of the Epic Reads Challenge.

Students will do the following…

  • Read books, electronic books, or MYON books on their independent level (Lexile level).
  • Record reading daily on their reading log. It can be the Epic Reads log attached or other reading log provided by your teacher.

Parents will make sure…

  • To monitor student reading.
  • To assist your student in keeping the reading log and report the weekly total at
  • Weekly reporting must be completed each week by the following Monday. (example–reading for the week of January 3rd-8th must be reported by Mon., January 9th).

Braums's Book Buddy: Grades 1-5

What is Braum’s Book Buddy?

Braum’s Book Buddy is a reading incentive program for children in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Each child can earn up to six Braum’s ice cream treats throughout the school year just by reading, and it costs nothing to participate in the program!

The program begins in October and lasts throughout the school year. Teachers distribute Braum’s Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student’s booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum’s!

How to Participate

  1. Only 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students can participate in the Book Buddy program.
  2. Students will earn a sticker for every book read. Once he or she has read six books and earned six stickers, notify your teacher and he/she will present the student with a Braum’s prize coupon. Each student can earn up to six prize coupons throughout the school year.
  3. Prize coupons for each student includes two Single Dip Ice Cream Cones, two Small Soft Frozen Yogurt Cones and two Single Dip Sundaes. Students can redeem coupons at any neighborhood Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store by June 30, 2017.
  4. IMPORTANT: The prize coupon is only valid once the teacher fills out the coupon with the child’s name and the school name, and teacher’s signature.

Accelerated Reader: Grades 1-5

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is an enrichment program where students choose books to read from various sources such as home, public library, e books, MyOn, or other online sources.  The book is read and the student then takes a short comprehension quiz on the Accelerated Reader site.  Each student has a quarterly reading goal set by the teacher.  Students who make their goal will receive recognition and a reward.

Login at:
Username: (first 4 letter of first name, last name, and birth month, day, and year) example sheljones020607
Password: epic1234

How to Find an AR Book

AR Book Finder is a spot where you can check to see if a book has an AR Quiz. You can use quick search for this purpose.  You can also do a custom search for groups of book by author, subject, etc.

Go to: 

How to Use Accelerated Reader

  1. When logged in click Accelerated Reader Box.
  2. Next screen—put in the book name or the author.
  3. Next screen—click the correct book picture and title—be sure to compare the author.
  4. Next screen—click take quiz.
  5. Next screen—click how you read the book—by myself, with someone, or read to me.
  6. Take the book quiz.
  7. When finished, see your results, and look at answers of question missed.

Important Notices

  • At top of your second screen on the right side you can choose Progress Tab to look at all your quiz scores, or Bookshelf to look at a list of all the books you have read.
  • If a student ever becomes locked out, contact your teacher and he/she will be able to unlock your AR account.
  • Students may read any book that they choose but, should read books within their individual Lexile Level. These books will be challenging, but on an individual reading level so they can enjoy the book.  A quick easy way to see if a book is on the correct level is to use the 5 finger rule.  Turn to a page, read through the page, and each time you come to a word not known hold up a finger.  If you get five fingers up while reading the page then this book may still be a bit difficult for you.

Looking for More?

We’ll be posting all sorts reading resources, articles, updates on FB, and more throughout the next month. If you have some resources you like, let us know about them! We’d love to share those with everyone else at Epic. Tell us in the comment section below!

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One Response

  1. mitzi

    I forgot and put in my daughter’s info too late, around 3pm rather than 10 am. Is there any grace period for this?