I’ve got a Summer Reading Challenge for my 6 year old daughter. My goal is to have her read 100 kid books this summer with me. She’s heading into 2nd grade and she’s a new reader, so I know that this challenge will be a fun one for her to try and accomplish. Let’s do this together!
Reading Challenge for Kids
If you’re looking to get your kids reading this summer, a reading challenge is always a good thing to try. I know that when it comes to getting my kids to do certain things (especially in the relaxed state of summer), I need to turn it into a challenge.
When I was a kid I would be part of our local library’s summer reading program. I used to LOVE it! I would try and read as many books as I could because the more you read, the more prizes you were eligible to win. I loved the incentive piece, but it also introduced me to Nancy Drew.
I couldn’t STOP reading Nancy Drew mysteries. It was amazing to see that the series had so many books because it made me feel that I could go on and on and on with it. Every summer from the time I was 10 years old through high school I participated in the Summer Reading Challenge there.
With my daughter being 6 years old (almost 7!) and heading into 2nd grade this upcoming year, I’m all about her reading as much as she can this summer. The books that she loves to read are short books, she could literally read 10 of them with me before bed! She loves Fancy Nancy and all those books.
I know she loves a good challenge, so I wanted to make it fun for her! I wanted to have a chart for her to follow along. Since she worked on the learning math facts this past month (tens, ones), I thought this chart would be fun for her. 10 across and 10 down, she was able to see immediately that it was 100!
The books that younger kids read, what I love about having 100 as the goal is that it’s a tangible goal. It looks like a ton (and it is), but it’s also a goal that they can do either on their own or with you! Even if you JUST have a goal of reading (2) books a night before bed… you can do 60 books in just one month!
My advice is to take the time to head to your local library (if they’re open) or download some free kids books online for you to read! I know my daughter loves epic reading books (it’s a program) and she can read tons of books there OR have them read to her.
Reading Challenge for Kids: 100 Books of Summer – let’s read 100 books!
I hope these charts help you while you’re on your summer reading challenge journey! It’s a fun way to get everyone on board and you can decide how you want to potentially do rewards throughout. Maybe after 10 books your child gets something? Maybe after 25? Maybe after 50?
I know Victoria loves to fill in the circles. We bought some stickers for her to cover each circle with, some glittery stars! She can’t wait to get going and I feel like she’s going to want to read about 5 books a night! I know that once she gets going, she’s going to keep going.
I hope that you enjoy this with your child. I look back and have fond memories thinking about summer reading with my mom. She would have us read every night before bed and it became our summer ritual. I know that it’s something I’m happy to pass along to my children, too.
If you have some pretty ambitious old kids who are readers, have them take a stab at this Reading Challenge, too! I know I won’t get through 100 books, but I’m going to try and read as many books as I can, too. I’m all about the romance and truth be told, I can read them quick… not sure how many I’ll get through, but will try!
If you have a child who is in elementary school, I’m going to share 5 books we have lined up right now. And again, she’s really a new confident reader, so I love mixing up some different level books for her, too. I want her to feel excited about reading, not hate it because it’s too hard for her.
1. Never Let a Unicorn Scribble by Diane Alber
2. My Parents Think I’m Sleeping by Jack Prelutsky
3. WISH by Barbara O’Connor
4. Skin Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry
5. Fancy Nancy and the Quest for the Unicorn by Jane O’Connor
I hope this Reading Challenge Chart helps you out! I hope that it allows you and your family to get excited about the summer ahead. I hope that it brings your family happiness and even more love of reading into it, too.
Love for you to share with me what books you and your family are reading right now, too. I’m all about bringing in books this summer that are new to me (I did this with the boys when they were younger, too!). I feel like I’ve read so many incredible kids books throughout the years, love some new ones.
Make sure you check out Scholastic, too for some incredible Summer Reading Challenge options. We’ve relied on them for years with the boys and can’t love them enough! Check out the Scholastic Reading Challenge we’ve done in the past with the boys.
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