I will always remember the summer reading program that my mom designed for me and my brother when we were little. We read books and got to pick prizes out of a grab bag. Way fun! This summer I wanted to do something similar for my own kids, so I made this Summer Reading Challenge printable.
I wanted something that was simple but had all the elements I was looking for, so I looked at a few examples, and then made my own! You can click the link above or the picture itself to get to the printable download. It’s free for your use but may not be sold.
Here is how it works:
There are 60 circles, but you can always print another sheet or cut some off if you want fewer. I thought 60 would be a good number for my own kids, but they have been so enthusiastic about this, that we might have to start over in July!
Your child will read a book (if they are younger, like my 4-year-old, you can read to them), and then show it to you. That gives you a chance to ask them a few comprehension questions about the book (Who was the main character? What was the funniest/most surprising part? How did it end?), and then you can determine how many points the book is worth. My son can read chapter books now, and I didn’t want to discourage him from reading some longer books, so chapter books are worth 2 or 3 points, while easier books are worth 1 point.
They get to color in the circles for the points they’ve earned, and here is the best part- there are prizes along the way, and you get to choose what they are, and when they are earned!
At the bottom of the printable, you’ll see I included some clip art for some sample prizes (ice cream, clock to represent staying up late, a new book, candy, amusement park, meal out, video games, and a movie). You can either edit the printable on your computer (the icons fit perfectly into the circles!), or you can cut them out and paste them wherever you’d like after printing. In addition, you can add your own icons or drawings of other prizes you want to include.
On my version, my kids are getting ice cream after 15 points, and the final prize is a day at our local amusement park. Sprinkled in the middle are a new book, staying up late, and candy. They are thrilled with the prizes and reading like mad to earn them!
I’m so happy with what a success this has been in our house, and I hope it will help your kids continue to read over the summer.