Inspiration for Summer reading with fun reading logs & rewards for kids!
As parents, we know that connecting the kids with books throughout the summer months is SUCH a good thing.
Summer reading helps them to keep their vocab and comprehension skills strong so those first weeks back to school are much easier!
But honestly, keeping them reading can be a challenge with all the other fun activities they have going on -- like the pool and friends and s'mores by the fire ... not to mention the availability of technology and the desire to get sticky, dirty and wet any chance they get ;)
Which is why this first post in our 105 Days of Free Summer Fun includes awesome ideas & freebies that will not only inspire your kids to read but also allow us to retain our 'cool Mom/Dad' status without constantly bugging them to pick up a book!
17 Summer Reading Logs & Reward Programs
There are a number of wonderful businesses that offer free books & other reading rewards or incentives for kids who read during the summer.
In most cases, you'll just need to have the kids track their books on a reading log and then head to the store to exchange it for a free book or other fun things!
I often get a thumbs-up from my kids when I find them free things ;)
Local Library Reading Programs
First, be sure to sign them up for summer reading at your local library!
Most libraries will have a kids program and also one for teens.
Every summer, our kids have earned free books, coupons for ice cream, headphones and entries into some big giveaways (gift cards to a local bookstore and iPad minis)!
All libraries offer different incentives but most really hit it big over the summer to keep kids of all ages -- toddlers to teens -- reading!
You can also enjoy the reading rewards with these national summer reading programs:
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2017 Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
One of the most well known summer reading programs, kids ages 1st - 6th grades can read 8 books this summer and turn in their reading journal for a free book (they have a list of books they offer on the reading log).
The 2017 program runs from May 16th through Sept. 5th!
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Feed Your Brain at Half Price Books
Kids 14 and under can participate in the Feed Your Brain summer reading program in June & July. Younger kids be read to while kids who can read on their own will record their reading time each month. Download & print the reading log!
The best part -- kids earn Bookworm bucks so they can buy their favorite books at the store!
American Girl Stores
If you have a daughter who loves the American Girl dolls or books, be sure to see if your local American Girl store has reading clubs this summer! It's a fun way to introduce your daughter to history too.
2017 Scholastic Reading Road Trip
Kids can register to log minutes & unlock rewards on the Scholastic Summer Reading site -- AND you can see if the Reading Road Trip is coming to your city too!
The program runs from May 8th - September 8th and has a number of recommended reading lists for kids along with their minutes being logged toward their schools' total which may win the school some prizes too!
Summer Reading Logs & Rewards for Kids
Sometimes kids need a challenge -- nothing HUGE or cumbersome since it's summer. It inspires them to keep going, read a few more books or even get out of their current reading 'funk'.
These are all free printable challenges that your kids will enjoy.
Some of perfect for younger kids while others are a great way for tweens & teens to vary what they're reading.
- Encourage your kids to 'branch out' with this *free* Genre Reading Challenge printable.
- Inspire them to Read Around the World with this book list that covers the globe!
- The Measured Mom has an amazing summer challenge -- Can You Read in 100 Places?!!
- Kinderglynn has some fun coloring Reading logs that younger kids will LOVE to fill in this summer!
- And 3 Dinosaurs has some beautiful weekly reading logs -- great if you homeschool during the summer.
- In addition to some awesome summer printables, Imagination Soup also has some fun summer reading reward coupons!
- Meet Penny has a wonderful list of recommended books along with a Summer Reading BINGO game for kids.
- If you're heading to the library this summer, try these challenges:
- And be sure to see our 20 Printable Scavenger Hunts, Car Games & Summer Activities for Kids too!
- In a pillow fort
- In your closet
- At the pool
- At the park on a picnic -- we always take our Fold & Carry Picnic Blanket with us for easy reading set-up!
- Outside on a blanket
- At the beach -- here's a cool beach book list for them too!
- On car trips
- When you attend an outdoor summer storytime (usually hosted at your local library)
- In a tent -- here's a great list of books for camping & tents !
- Outside - at night - with a flashlight!
- In a hammock (one of our favorite spots!)
Summer Reading in AWESOME Places
One of the most effective ways to get kids to read during the summer is to offer them super fun reading spots!
Here's a list of free & fun places that kids will enjoy cuddling up with a book along with affiliate links to a few of our favorite reading items:
And reading doesn't always have to be books either!
Encourage your kids to read the back of the cereal box, signs at the pool, the flavors of ice cream if you're out for a treat -- reading can happen in lots of places during the summer.
Related: 8 Fun Things to Read that aren't Books!
Your kids will also enjoy these free summer scavenger hunts -- just print off the ones that fit your summer outings & have them read the clues they need to find ;)
Be sure to visit our kick-off post where you'll find a free printable Summer Activity calendar --
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