Summer is my favorite time to read and I know it’s a great time for kids of all ages to read. The pressure of school is gone and there is time to read for pleasure. Isn’t that what we want for our kids and us? I’ve shared a great collection of summer reading worksheets; including ways to expand the books you read into further learning and writing. This summer reading book tracker is another great piece of the summer reading puzzle.
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What is a summer reading book tracker?
I’ve created 4 different printable summer reading book trackers. A book tracker is a simple way for kids to keep track of the books they are reading. Unlike our book log, where you write the name of the book, the author, and the date, the book tracker is as easy as coloring in a fun summer item for each book you read.
Summer Reading Book Tracker
You know your kid best. Begin by deciding which tracker will best suit your kid. Feel free to have a chat with your child about how many books they think they would like to read this summer. If you have a younger kid, this may look different than a tween who is reading chapter books. My kids have always devoured books, so 50-100 books would be the best chart for them.
Once you determine which tracker you are going to use go ahead and print it on a piece of cardstock and hang it up somewhere that is easily accessible. Maybe on the fridge (if you can use magnets) or hang it near your bookcase, or maybe on your child’s bedroom door. A spot where they will see it, can reach it, and can pull it down, and put it back.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that a summer reading challenge is great for parents and caregivers too. Yep, set your own goal and hang a chart for you to color. I’ve been really loving audiobooks lately, so I would be tracking the audiobooks I’m reading.
Then it’s time to start your summer reading. We’ve got a collection of fantastic summer chapter books for kids and you can always check out our epic collection of various book lists too. Remember a book is a book and all reading is valid. Graphic books, magazines, books of poetry, novels, audiobooks, the reading options are endless.
After each book, your kid reads they get to color a summer item on the chart and by the end of the summer, they’ll have a visual representation of all they have read. It’s a fun and interactive way to celebrate summer reading. I know some folks like to set a reward…maybe a trip to the ice cream shop, for kids who reach their reading goals. This is totally up to your discretion. I kinda think reading is the reward in itself…but whatever motivates your kid to read, right!?
Check out all of our summer reading worksheets for kids
And, all of our fun summer printable activity sheets
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