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 different organisations that have super fun summer reading challenge ideas for kids.
Summer book or reading challenges are a great way to get kids involved in reading over the summer break. It helps to keep them off screen and also continuing to build their literacy skills even when they are off school.
Summer Reading Challenges 2022
Here are some of the summer reading challenges that kids will enjoy. Some involve visiting the library, others can be done by downloading reading lists online.
Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2022 theme for The Reading Agency in the UK is Gadgeteers, arriving online and in your local library this summer.
Science is all around you! What do you love doing? Are you a brilliant baker? Or a mega music fan? Are you the tech wizard amongst your friends?
Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!
They are teaming up with Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed Challenge that will inspire kids to use their creativity and imagination. Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover the science all around you.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
Summer Stars National Reading Adventure 2022
The Summer Stars reading programme runs in public libraries throughout Ireland during summer, from the 13th of June until the end of August. All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book / ebook is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!
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.
Track your reading progress with reading cards which can be marked each time a book is read, online or in print form. These are available from your local library or for download and print here.
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. 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.
From May 9 through August 19, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.
PBS Parents Summer Reading
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.