Summer Reading



With summer in full swing, it’s time for the kids to get busy with summer reading. Our seven-year-old has finally become interested in reading on her own outside of school, so I have been trying to encourage her and created this simple chart for keeping track of the books she’s reading this summer.

Simply click on the image below and print the full-page reading log on card stock.

It’s helpful to hang the reading log in a place where your child will see it every day to serve as a reminder, perhaps giving you a relief from nagging! If your child is stuck, you could connect reading with a reward system. I think our greatest trouble was finding something that interested our daughter. I have to admit that some of the early readers and chapter books are not enticing.

Here are some helpful resources to find great books that will help you hook your kids into a love of reading:

Reading Rockets: comprehensive site funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Reading Planet: interactive site from non-profit group, Reading is Fundamental.

Guys Read: a great site for book suggestions and helpful hints for boys.

Storyline Online: videos featuring members of the Screen Actors Guild reading stories aloud. Obviously not a substitute for reading to your kids, but probably better than TV or video games.

International Children’s Digital Library: read over 4000 books online for free.

Book Adventure: free program from Sylvan Learning that creates a reward system for reading books, based on the answers to multiple choice quizzes.

U.S. Department of Education: list of reading resources with links.

Have any other ideas or resources for helping kids develop enthusiasm for reading? With so many people using the internet as a homeschooling assistant, there is a vast array of online resources. Add your suggestions to the comments here.

About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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11 Responses to “Summer Reading”

  1. cagey Jul 15 at 10:26 am Reply Reply

    This is a great idea! Also, most libraries and even Borders have summer reading programs. Our library offers weekly stickers and a free book at the end of the program if the form is complete. My 4.5 year old has had so much fun adding to our list.

  2. Kris Jul 24 at 12:42 pm Reply Reply

    I’m a Children’s Librarian and would encourage everyone to develop a relationship with the Children’s Librarian at your local public Library. Hopefully, your local Library is able to offer an exciting incentive program coupled with thrilling programs. If you believe in books, free access to information for all and lifelong learning, support your Library, we need you now more than ever! Also, Children’s Librarians are trained to help get the right book into your child’s hands by matching their interests and reading level. As a mom, I know some early readers can seem tedious, but there are so many wonderful ones too, that offer the controlled vocabulary and repitition that a beginning reader needs to feel successful. I love this downloadable reading log and always encourage parents to develop their own after completing the one we offer at the Library. I will point them in your direction. Thanks!

  3. Cath Jul 24 at 1:19 pm Reply Reply

    I think I’ll do this for myself :) Even though I’m in college I just love to go to the library and spend one hour choosing the books I’m going to read :) Every year I keep track of what I’ve read and how many pages the book had 😛 It’s fun ^^

  4. Cyrus Jul 26 at 4:02 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks for the resourceful post Ellen :)

    (Note… I work for the company I’m about to mention, so take this recommendation with a grain of salt.) We’ve built a service called A Story Before Bed ( which offers parents and their little ones an opportunity to video record themselves reading children’s books online together for free. I think this can be another tool in a parent’s literacy arsenal, especially if they are away on business or simply working late, but still want to read to their kids. We would love to get everyone’s feedback on our service, Thanks!

    • Lisa Jun 01 at 8:51 pm Reply Reply

      Your company is awesome :) thank you :) a great thing for kids whose moms and dads travel for work or especially perfect for military kids whose parents deploy for months at a time. Thank you for this amazing idea :)

  5. Mary Aug 08 at 8:33 pm Reply Reply

    This is fantastic. Thanks so much for the list idea and the log templates and thanks especially for the list of reading sites for kids.


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