Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

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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 have super fun summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2020

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The Reading Agency in the UK Summer Reading Challenge 2020 theme is Silly Squad celebrating funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!

The 2020 Challenge features bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays. Sign up at sillysquad.org.uk from Friday 5 June to join the Squad!

Summer Stars

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The Summer Stars reading programme is running in public libraries throughout Ireland this summer, from the 15th of June until the end of August. The reading adventure encourages children to read over their summer holidays, to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and participate in the related events and activities at their local library.

It’s a free programme, open to all children. Each child who registers for the programme at their local library joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the summer.

Children can sign up for the programme in their local library at the start of the summer and are encouraged to read as many books as they can during the months of July and August. Children will receive a card for tracking their reading progress and may be periodically given rewards to further encourage them to keep reading.

At the end of the programme participating children will receive an awards certificate and be invited to attend an awards celebration by their local library.

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Reading Rockets

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Readingrockets.org 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. Their Start with a Book website offers lots of book ideas by age.

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 10th 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 is “Read-a-palooza” encouraging kids to be the best independent readers they can be. There are fun resources and booklists on the website for parents & kids, and there are also teacher resources where schools can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

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PBS Parents Summer Reading

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PBS Parents has some good resources for parents with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language. Just pick the age group you are interested in and there are also some nice tips to encourage reading every day.

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Will your child do a summer reading challenge this year? Or any other summer reading challenge ideas you can share? Tell us in the comments below.

Super Fun Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

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