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Keeping track of books read over summer break is a big accomplishment for kids! Use our free printable summer reading book log to make it easy for them to show off summer reading!
Summer Reading Book Log
Every year as summer break arrives, we try to find that fine line of balance between enjoying carefree days while trying to avoid “summer brain drain.” The drain is real and as a teacher I used to witness this inevitability every September. The 2+ months away from school really did a number on the kids’ retention for various facts and skills. You can pretty much count on having to spend the first few weeks of school re-teaching concepts that were taught the year before.
I always have that situation in mind as I parent my own kids through summer. I make sure that they have plenty of days to sleep in, swim for hours, explore in the woods, head to pony camp, etc. But just as important as the summer fun, we fit some learning in there too. We might not be drilling math facts every night or even every week, but one thing that I emphasize is summer reading.
There are many ways to encourage summer reading with kids!
- Head to the local library. Not only is the library a glorious resource of more books than one could ever possibly read in a lifetime, the library also offers great programs and incentives. Many libraries run summer reading programs for kids! Definitely check out your local library branch and see what they have lined up for summer fun.
- Some stores offer summer reading incentives/freebies. Check out the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program where kids can earn a FREE book when they read 8 books. We have a local ice cream shop that gives a free cone to kids who have completed a summer reading log. Ask around and check out local companies on Facebook/social media to find other programs near you.
- Try an audiobook or two while you are driving. Some kids find that listening to an audiobook version of a story is an easier way for them to follow along. You can get a free 30 day trial to Audible (and TWO FREE BOOKS). What a perfect way to try some new audiobooks this summer. Long road trips are a great opportunity to listen to a book!
- Come up with your own incentive. Decide on your own family incentive for summer reading. Set clear expectations and goals with your kiddos and let them know how many books they need to read to earn their incentive. The incentive you might choose does NOT have to be anything material. How about some quality family time? An afternoon spent together playing board games? A hike at the local state park? You choose! Print our free Summer Reading Book Log for your kids to keep track of the books they have read.
Print our Summer Reading Book Log
Get it here: Summer Reading Book Log
This easy-to-open file is in PDF form. You can print as many copies as you need. Note: this is for personal use only.
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