Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids to catch up on reading, and if you’re looking for fun materials to make summer reading as enjoyable as possible for your child, then here are some websites that can help you find summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

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Summer Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency in the UK has chosen Record Breakers as the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Theme.

They have teamed up with the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s completely free to join the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs LogoFull of educationally sound, fun and interactive activities, Reading Eggs is an award-winning online literacy programme for children aged 3-13 years old and focuses on the most fundamental skill needed in school: reading. Children from 3 to 7 years of age, or older children struggling with reading, will enjoy the huge variety of reading lessons, activities and games that make up the Reading Eggs programme.

Reading Eggspress continues the reading adventure by taking children to a brand new world designed for 7-13 year olds, focusing on comprehension and grammar. It provides a unique learning environment where students’ can improve their English language and comprehension skills in a way that is exciting and relevant.

Reading Rockets

Reading has 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids with activities for each week on different topics from outdoors to recipes to travel.

You can also download these activities as a colorful two-page PDF called Summertime Reading Adventures from the Reading Is Fundamental site.

Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp

summer has a Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp with everything you need to host 10 fun weeks of reading camp – a new theme each week!

Created in cooperation with PBS KIDS® with fun Summer Reading Resources with Printables and activities from to keep your kids reading all summer long.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge



The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Now in its 9th year, the Summer Reading Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they strive to set a new world record for summer reading.

This year’s theme for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is “Power Up and Read” sponsored by ENERGIZER®. As they reach reading milestones every week, kids will unlock new, original short stories from 13 of their favorite Scholastic authors. Each author begins with the same story starter: “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one followed me into the library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…” Kids can read stories and hear them narrated.

There are also teacher resources where schools can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

PBS Parents Summer Reading

pbsparentsPBS Parents has some good resources for parents with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language. There are also some nice tips to encourage reading every day.

Stop by each week to discover great programming, activities, special offers and other new and exciting ways to sneak some learning into summer fun!

How do you plan to keep your child reading this summer? Share any tips in the comments below.

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