My district is really big on independent reading. My district is also really big on "accountability." Unfortunately, these two items don't really go hand in hand. It is very hard to hold kids accountable for their independent reading. I use a couple of methods, including independent reading checks and logs of various kinds, all found in my independent reading strategy folder.
Here are a couple of videos to help with Shelfari set up:
Towards the end of the year, we have a final day where students tally up the total number of books they read during the year. They can keep track of this in their notebooks. Then they come up with the total number of genres they've read, again using Shelfari. Then they should decide their favorite book that they've read within each genre.
Watch this video to learn how to "tag" books for a certain school year, to help with tallying totals at the end of the year:
By the end of the period, I construct a sheet like this one:
This sheet can be posted on the board.
At the end of the year, I give the same survey that I gave during this lesson: Day 'O' Reflection. I make some minor tweaks to this reflection to make it relevant for the end of the year: