The Epic Reads Challenge is back for 2017-18 along with plenty of other reading activities for your learners. As a reminder, the Epic Reads Challenge is open to all Epic students in 8th and 9th 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 8th and 9th 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. 2nd-30th) – Reading logs due on Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
  • January (four weeks—Jan. 1st-29th) – Reading logs due on Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29
  • March (four weeks—March 5th-31st) – Reading logs due on March 12, 19, 26, and April 2.

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

How to Participate

All students in 8th and 9th 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 Oct. 2nd – 6th must be reported by Mon., Oct. 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 1-7

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:

All Passwords are set to a default of “Epic1234”. Usernames are the first initial of the student’s first name and the first initial of the student’s last name, followed by the student’s EpiCenter ID padded with zeroes to make it five digits. So, if Jonathan Smith has an ID of 723, it would be 00723.

It would look like this when it’s put together.

Username: js00723
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!

6 Responses

  1. Destiny McDonnell

    I would love to see the kid be able to choose win a new book or be enrolled into a book a month club.

    • Sean Ridenour

      Well, this sounds pretty good too…

      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.

  2. Sean Ridenour

    Thank you for your feedback! We can certainly look into more ways to incentivize reading in our older students.

  3. Helen

    I would like to see a reading program for the kids in 9 -12 give them something to work for all of the reading programs are for small kids and that is great don’t get me wrong but I think all children should read and if that means that they have to get something for doing it ok a Free ice cream or something would not kill the school to offer something to all students that meet a reading goal and I am saying for your older kids it could be something like 1000 minutes a month that would make them read about 33 minutes a day

  4. Sara Podschun

    We would love to see Epic participate in the reading program called BOOK IT!
    It is a free program designed to encourage students in grades K-6 to read more by earning a Reading Award Certificate for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut. Public schools have used this program for many years and it is a great incentive to get the children to read more!